Matt Kilgallon set to end Sunderland nightmare

John O' Shea.
John O' Shea.

SUNDERLAND outcast Matt Kilgallon is on the verge of ending his Wearside misery with a loan move to the Championship.

The ex-Sheffield United centre-half has not featured for the Black Cats’ first team since May 2010 and is free to leave the Stadium of Light.

While Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has enjoyed success in offloading fellow out-of-favour defenders Nyron Nosworthy and George McCartney, Kilgallon remains on Sunderland’s books with more than 18 months still to run on his contract.

But Championship outfits Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Millwall and Burnley are believed to be upping their interest in the 27-year-old, with a loan move potentially being concluded this week.

“A few Championship clubs are looking at Matt, although I don’t want to say exactly who they are at this stage,” said Kilgallon’s agent Paul Masterton.

“But they are considering taking Matt on loan until January and I think there is a good chance that something will happen this week.

“It has been a very difficult time for Matt because he is not playing at Sunderland and that doesn’t look like changing for now.

“He just wants to be back playing again and a loan move would be the best option for him at the moment.

“He hasn’t given up on Sunderland - you never know what is around the corner in football - but he does need to play games somewhere.”