Sunderland’s Will Buckley likely to stay longer

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Manager Gary Rowett has expressed his views of a possible extension to Will Buckley’s loan after scoring in his first start against Ipswich.

The 26-year-old, who has initially joined Blues for a month, is under contract at the Stadium of Light until the summer of 2017.

Rowett is confident the Sunderland wide man’s loan will be extended and he will stay for longer:

“It’s one game but we will look at that over the next few days and see if we can come up with something that we want to keep him for the rest of the season.

“That was always the plan. The plan was just to make sure he is fit and once we know he is fit we can keep him for longer.

“We have got an option, any time in the next week we can extend until the end of the season if both parties agree.

“We will maybe try and press that forward a little bit quicker.” “I think he will be staying for longer than a month,” added Rowett.

Rowett was not due to start the winger against Ipswich, but with Jacques Maghoma taken ill, it was a good chance for him to take a step up and show what he can do for 75 minutes at least.

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Buckley celebrating his goal against Ipswich Town

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A player short of match fitness definitely doesn’t look short of confidence. Rowett went on to say:

“The thing with Will was he hadn’t trained for two-and-a-half weeks before he came to us so we just felt as though we had to make sure we did the right thing for us, him and Sunderland and make sure he is fully fit.

“He is another one not fit enough at the moment, that’s the reason why I wouldn’t have started him today because he has only trained for a week and a bit having been out for two or three weeks previously.

“He will only get fitter, better and more used to what we are doing tactically, he will be an excellent player for us.”

What do you think, would you be happy to see the Sunderland man stay for the remainder of the season?

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