How Josh Maja can learn from Jack Colback and these Sunderland academy products during contract talks
As speculation continues to surround Josh Maja's future at Sunderland, he doesn't have to look far for guidance.
Such has been the success of Sunderland's academy in recent years that several of their graduates have been offered opportunities to leave the Stadium of Light, with Maja the latest to be linked away. As Maja continues discussions over a new contract, he may cast an eye on some of his predecessors who have enjoyed varying levels of success since leaving the Stadium of Light. Here, we take a look at nine of the Black Cats' academy products whose journeys after leaving Wearside could offer the striker some guidance:
1. Jack Colback
After progressing through Sunderland's academy, Colback became a first-team regular at the Stadium of Light before swapping Wearside for Tyneside, joining Newcastle United in 2014. His move didn't quite work out as planned, though...
Another success story is that of Pickford, who has become Everton and England's number one since leaving Sunderland. The Washington-born stopper is a fine example of a player who has pushed on since leaving the Black Cats.