Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danny's Getting a Second Chance - Thanks to Defoe

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danny's Getting a Second Chance - Thanks to Defoe

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Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer Twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

DANNY Graham says he has new signing Jermain Defoe to thank for his unexpected second chance at Sunderland.

Graham's time on Wearside looked to be up after the striker spent most of the last seasonand-a-half out on loan. Yet the arrival of Defoe in January has seen boss Gus Poyet launch a search for the perfect partner for the new boy.

Now Graham finds himself competing on an equal footing with Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham to prove he can be the ideal foil.

He said: "We are all starting from the same place.

"All four strikers will be playing at different times and we all bring different things to the team.

"Jermain has given everyone around the place a lift.

"You can see if he gets one chance he will more than likely put it away - that is what we have been missing.

"To have a player of his calibre at the club is massive and it is going to help us.

"Every-one wants to play up front with him and help him and the team do well. …

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