'There were times where you didn't want to go into training': Ex-Sunderland striker reveals Wearside woes

Danny Graham has revealed his Wearside woes
Danny Graham has revealed his Wearside woes

Former Sunderland striker Danny Graham has spoken out about his frustrating spell at the Stadium of Light.

The frontman joined Sunderland in a £5m deal from Swansea in January 2013, but failed to make his mark in the North East as he netted just once in 42 appearances.

And Graham has now opened up on his time at Sunderland while revealing that there were times he didn't want to attend training.

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The striker has since revitalised his career at Blackburn, having completed a permanent switch to the club in 2016 following a series of loan spells away from the Stadium of Light.

While he couldn't prevent the Lancashire side from dropping out of the Championship a year later, the striker played a key role in firing Rovers back into the second tier last season.

His 17 goals in 48 appearances saw him finish the campaign as one of League One's top scorers as the frontman rediscovered his shooting boots.

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Shortly after penning a new deal at Ewood Park, Graham has revealed how his latest club have delivered a positive vibe after a disappointing spell on Wearside.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Graham said: “It’s been a very good time for me here.

"I had a couple of years at Sunderland where things didn’t work for me but at Blackburn Rovers it’s been a constant positive both on and off the pitch.

"I’m thrilled that is going to continue.

“There were times at Sunderland where you probably didn’t want to go into training but here I cannot wait for pre-season to come around and get the work underway, which is credit to everyone at the club for doing that for me.”