Ex-Sunderland and Celtic winger reveals his Championship snub - and why he had to move to the MLS

Former Sunderland winger Lewis Morgan has revealed that he snubbed a return to England this season – as he had his heart set on a move to the MLS.
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The former Celtic wideman featured 22 times for the Black Cats during a half-season loan spell last term, scoring twice.

He returned to Parkhead for pre-season but struggled for opportunities, before sealing a move to David Beckham-backed MLS expansion side Inter Miami in January.

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And Morgan has now revealed that he had the option to return to the English pyramid during the current campaign – but had his eyes set on a move to Miami.

Former Sunderland winger Lewis MorganFormer Sunderland winger Lewis Morgan
Former Sunderland winger Lewis Morgan

“I had a few clubs in the Championship (with offers)," Morgan said, speaking to the MLS’ official website.

"But to be honest, once I heard of the interest here and how keen the club were to get me, that kind of made my mind up.”

Morgan featured just twice for his new side before the MLS season was suspended, but he hasn’t been using the free time afforded by the pause in fixtures to watch the second season of ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ – in which he featured.

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“It was a little weird," said the wideman of the presence of the cameras.

"I think they reigned it in a little from the year before; they said the Netflix crew had very much full access before I was there. I think they kind of restricted that a little more, but the cameras were there all the time.

“Eventually you get used to it and you don’t notice them, but to get used to it was a little bit different.”

The 23-year-old only has positive things to say about his brief spell on Wearside, though.

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“I’ve only got fond memories from being there," Morgan added.

"It's a massive club. When I was down there I was trying to concentrate on the football side of things and we didn’t achieve the goals we wanted to, which obviously wasn’t great.

“I’m hoping they can get back to where they belong."