BLAIR Adams admits he could be playing for his future, with Sunderland yet to begin talks over a new contract.
The South Shields-born left-back has enjoyed a productive stint with League One Coventry City after joining the Sky Blues on a two-month loan last month.
Adams is keen to extend his stay at the Ricoh Arena after being unable to force his way into Sunderland’s first-team picture this season despite a series of impressive performances for the Black Cats Under-21s.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill does rate Adams, and admits the 21-year-old has been unfortunate not to be given his first-team bow after he was one of just four youngsters to be handed a squad number at the start of the season.
But the academy product admits he is in the dark over his long-term future, with just seven months remaining on his contract at the Stadium of Light.
“I’m in my last year at Sunderland and I’ve not had talks with them about extending my contract so I’ll have to see what happens in the summer,” said Adams.
“I want first-team football – I want to be playing in a stadium at three o’clock every week, playing for points that matter and sending the fans home happy.”
Although Sunderland are yet to reveal their intentions regarding Adams’s long-term future, O’Neill is likely to sanction an extension to the defender’s loan deal.
Adams, who has previously enjoyed loan spells with Northampton and Brentford, has shone at Coventry, with Mark Robins’s men securing five wins from his seven starts.
“I have only played six or seven games, but some of them have been fantastic performances when we have produced some great football and created a lot of chances, and we want that to continue and climb up the league,” he added.
“If the manager (Robins) wants me to stay then we’ll have a talk and see what happens.
“I’m really happy with the way things have gone, and hopefully he’s happy with how I have been playing so we will have to see how it goes come the New Year.
“I’ve not spoken to Martin O’Neill, but I have spoken to the reserve manager (Kevin Ball) and he’s happy with the way it’s going.”