Simon Grayson has admitted he could look to the League of Ireland for Sunderland signings.
New Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has a history of picking up talent from the League of Ireland, with four players signed directly from the division in the last six months when he was Preston North End boss.
Grayson has also admitted since taking charge at the Stadium of Light that he will continue looking at the Irish top tier for potential gems.
Sunderland manager Simon Grayson.
"It is a possibility [the Irish League], we'll be looking at all areas of the British Isles really," he told the Sunderland Echo.
So here are three possible signing from the league.
This Bray Wanderers midfielder has played in English football before during a 12-month stint with Ipswich Town that didn't quite work out, but that doesn't mean he should give up hope.
Connolly has been in fine form since returning to his native country and at 22-years-old, still has time on his side when it comes to breaking into the Championship.
A more experienced option now, the Dundalk captain is 31-years-old and has had a varied career that started at Arsenal but has mostly played out in Ireland.
That said, O'Donnell has been regularly nominated for player of the year and could bring some serious grit and determination to the Black Cats midfield.
Sunderland manager Simon Grayson
A teammate of O'Donnell's, the Dane may not be an Irish native but he has starred in their top tier for the past two seasons after originally joining Derry City.
The right-back can actually play anywhere across the back line and isn't afraid to get forward and involved in the attack with two league goals already in 2017.
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