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Kyle Lafferty released by Sunderland at conclusion of short-term deal



Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty

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Kyle Lafferty

Sunderland have confirmed that Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty has left the club on the expiration of his contract.

Lafferty signed for the Black Cats on a short term deal in January and impressed fans at the Stadium of Light during his short spell at the club.

He was initially brought in to provide cover and competition for Charlie Wyke and fellow Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg.

The 32-year-old went on to score two goals in 11 appearances for the Wearsiders, both coming against Gillingham on his first start for the club on March 7.

A statement from the League One outfit said: "Sunderland AFC can confirm that Kyle Lafferty has left the club.

"Everyone at SAFC would like to wish Kyle the best of luck for the future".

Lafferty becomes the second player to exit the Stadium of Light this summer following the recent departure of New Zealand defender Tommy Smith, who failed to make a single appearance for Phil Parkinson's side.

Former Rangers and Hearts front man Lafferty had been playing for Norwegian side Sarpsborg prior to joining Sunderland who, following a vote to curtail the League One season, are facing up to another campaign in English football's third tier.

He is one of 11 first-teamers at the club who are out of contract this summer and whose futures are set to be decided over the next fortnight, with international team mate Tom Flanagan amongst that group.

Belfast Telegraph