On-loan Danny Graham has admitted that he feels at home at Blackburn Rovers and would like to move to Ewood Park for good
Sunderland striker Danny Graham has told the Sunderland Echo that he is loving his loan spell at Championship side Blackburn Rovers and admitted his hope that he can strike a permanent deal with the club in the summer.
The 30-year-old moved to Ewood Park on loan until the end of the season in the January transfer window after featuring just 10 times for the Black Cats in the first five months of the Premier League campaign.
Since his arrival in Lancashire he has made a positive start to life back in the Championship, scoring his first goal of the season in his third appearances for Rovers.
The striker admitted to the Echo that life at Sunderland has been no fairytale and expressed his desire to remain with Paul Lambert's side beyond the end of the current campaign.
He said: "Since the moment I’ve walked through the door the staff and the players have been superb with me. It does feel like I’ve been here longer than three weeks or so. I feel as though I’m playing well.
"Everyone knows it was a tough time for me at Sunderland but I’ll never hide from that. I think it’ll make me a stronger person going forward. “It’s nice to be back up front, it’s nice to be getting a run of games.
"100 per cent [I would be interested in staying]. My Sunderland contract is up in the summer and that won’t be getting renewed. Hopefully it all goes well and we can sort something out in the summer."
Graham has struggled in the Premier League but has some impressive Championship pedigree, being named the second tier's top scorer in 2010-11 after scoring 24 goals for Watford.
His career has stalled somewhat in recent years with the former Swansea City man having scored just 10 goals in all competitions over spells at five different clubs since joining Sunderland three years ago.