Duncan Watmore has told the Sunderland Echo that the reason he signed a new contract at Sunderland was entirely down to the club’s supporters.
Watmore has recently penned a new long-term contract which will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2020.
And the youngster says that his decision to stay on Wearside was made easy, because of the support he has received from the club’s followers so far.
“It was an easy decision for me to sign the new contract,” he said.
“This club has been fantastic with me ever since I arrived two-and-a-half years ago.
“The passion the fans have, the staff, the players, everyone has been unbelievable.
“And when you get that reception at the Stadium of Light from those fans, that explains why I signed for four years, because of them.”
Sam Allardyce has regularly stressed how impressed he has been with Watmore since taking charge at the Stadium of Light.
It seems that the attacker is now a key part of their first team squad, and he showed his class in Sunderland’s latest outing against Stoke City.
Watmore came off the bench in the 33rd minute of Sunderland’s weekend tie, and he was crucial to helping his side pick up a 2-0 victory.
The 22-year-old’s pace caused Stoke’s defence huge problems, and he played a part in getting Ryan Shawcross sent off, before netting his side’s second goal in the contest.
Sunderland’s win over Stoke has lifted them out of the bottom three for the first time this season.