Tom Flanagan reveals why Sunderland are already in a better place than last season

Tom Flanagan believes Sunderland are in a better place now than they were last season – as the Black Cats eyes another promotion push.
Tom Flanagan has made a bold pre-season claimTom Flanagan has made a bold pre-season claim
Tom Flanagan has made a bold pre-season claim

Flanagan, who is entering the final season of his two-year deal at the Stadium of Light, believes that the club will be better-equipped to deal with League One this term – after narrowly missing out on promotion last time around.

Last summer, the Northern Irish international was one of a host of arrivals on Wearside as the Black Cats went through a summer of change both on and off the field.

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And while Jack Ross had a skeleton of a squad last term, he has far more healthy numbers at his disposal this summer – which Flanagan believes means the team are streaks ahead of twelve months ago.

“There’s a lot of boys now so we’re able to change the team over the two games,” he said, speaking to

“Maybe there wasn’t much competition for places last season during pre-season whereas now we are way beyond where we were then in terms of players, fitness levels and competition for places.”

The defender was speaking during the club’s pre-season tour to Portugal, which Flanagan feels was certainly of benefit.

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“The facilities here are just so good and we would be mad not to come,” he added.

“We’ve worked really hard with double sessions; they’ve got a good gym here too.

“The facilities are just so good, and it makes a nice change from the wind and the rain at the AoL.”