keane on players and sunderland
“We will see what happens. I had a chat with Brucie on Saturday morning about them.
“We will have a look at it over the next few weeks and I know he will be very keen to get his lads back, (Daryl) Murphy and (Jack) Colback have done very, very well.
“We will not be able to do anything with Jack I don’t think because he is such a promising player but I’ll talk to Steve.
“A lot of this stuff won’t be done until later in the summer, I don’t think – Brucie will probably want to take them back to take a look at them. It will be the same with Waggy (Martyn Waghorn) and other people like that.
“We had David Healy as well, he picked up an injury and that obviously did not help him. All of those players will have good options in the summer. Murphs has scored six goals for us in the short time he has been here and that will create awareness from other clubs.
Murphs has done quite well for us but there are lots of things to consider in the summer – can we agree fees for them, do players want to come and the rest. Then there is the wages to look at as well. So there is a long way to go.”
The Irishman has endured a difficult campaign back in the Championship but remains convinced that he made the right decision in walking out on Sunderland in December 2008.
“Do I have any regrets? How does the song go?” he joked.
“No, no regrets – these things happen. I loved my time there but it was time to move on – I had my reasons and I am still comfortable with the reasons why. The people behind the scenes know why I left.
“I still look out for Sunderland, I had my good times there. I stayed in Durham on Friday night and that brought back good memories for me and the staff.
“Sunderland have had a good season but when you have a goalscorer like (Darren) Bent it gives you a hell of a chance.
“Steve has done a good job, a big signing for them was Darren Bent. I always say you are only as good as your goalscorers and in Darren they’ve got one of the best in the league.”
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