Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bruce Fires Warning to Clubs on Waggy's Tail

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bruce Fires Warning to Clubs on Waggy's Tail

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STEVE BRUCE insists goal hero Martyn Waghorn's days as a loan ranger are over and that he is now part of Sunderland's Premier League plans.

Waghorn struck both goals as Sunderland came from behind to beat a Munster XI at Limerick's Thomond Park, in the Black Cats' first pre-season friendly of the summer.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Championship side Leicester and was top scorer for the Foxes as they reached the play-off semifinals.

Waghorn is in demand again from Championship clubs, but Bruce says that both the South Shields-born striker and midfielder Jack Colback, who spent time on loan at Ipswich last term, are staying on Wearside to be part of his squad this year.

"This is a big year for Waggy," said Bruce. "He went out on loan last year at Leicester and did remarkably well.

"Half the Championship want him on loan this season but I don't think there's any chance of that happening.

"Both him and Jack Colback are part of my plans this season."

Waghorn's brace came just three minutes apart in the second half and spared Sunderland's blushes after they had fallen behind to John Tierney's first-half strike.

But the day did not end well for Waghorn, who was substituted in the dying seconds with a knee injury - and Bruce is keeping his fingers crossed that it is not serious.

He said: "Right at the death, Waggy got injured. We hope we have got away with it.

"That's the one we are worried about, but we hope that we might escape something serious.

"When he went over, I feared the worst to be honest, because he got his foot caught in the ground and his body weight went the other way.

"Hopefully, he will be OK.

"He's been with the medical people and he's got ice on it, but we'll see how he is today."

Bruce opted to play a different line-up in each half against Munster, and will have been far happier with the way Waghorn and his second-half side performed than the 11 that started the match. …

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