DANNY GRAHAM feels he has “unfinished business” at Sunderland after being shown the exit door just six months into his Black Cats career.
Sunderland splashed out £5million on Graham 14 months ago, but the striker was sent on loan to Hull City last summer before joining Middlesbrough in January.
The 28-year-old made just 13 appearances for the Wearsiders - without finding the net - before former head coach Paolo Di Canio sanctioned the departure of the final signing of predecessor Martin O’Neill’s reign.
Sunderland are likely to look to move Graham on this summer, regardless of which division they are in, after Gus Poyet opted not to recall the former Swansea man in the January transfer window.
But while Graham would be happy to stay at Boro beyond the end of his loan spell, he has not closed the door on his Sunderland career.
When asked whether he would be open to stay at the Riverside after this season, Graham told the BBC: “Yes, I would.
“It’s a fantastic club who gave me a chance in football, but I still think I’ve got unfinished business at Sunderland.
“There’s a new manager there now and I want to go back there in the summer and see where I stand.
“Until then I don’t know what’s going to happen, so I’ve got to get my head down, work hard in the off season and see what comes of it.”
Graham believes the managerial upheaval during the first six months of his Sunderland career didn’t help his chances of establishing himself at the Stadium of Light.
“Martin O’Neill was there and I think I only got five or six weeks with him then he was out the door and Paulo Di Canio came in,” he added.
“He did his job, got us safe and that was the main objective for the club.
“In pre-season I was the fittest I’ve ever been and then he said I had to go out on loan, but that’s football, you take your highs with your lows and just get on with it.”