The Black Cats have appointed Jack Ross as their new manager and former Eastleigh Chairman Stewart Donald as the man at the helm of a new era on Wearside.
And the 42-year-old has begun to make strides in the summer transfer window, with a number of new faces through the door.
However, still on the priority list of signings is another central midfielder and, with former Sunderland player Jack Colback available this summer, should the Black Cats line up a move?
The 28-year-old looks close to making a loan return to Forest, the club he spent the second half of the 2017/18 season with, but the Black Cats could tempt Colback with a potential move back to the club where he spent six years.
The Englishman made 115 appearances in his time with Sunderland, scoring four goals from his central midfield position, with Colback cementing himself as a regular fixture at the heart of the team.
However, a potential move for Colback comes with a huge stumbling block, with the player currently at Sunderland's local rivals Newcastle, who he joined straight from Sunderland in 2014.
Any potential of Colback returning to Sunderland would certainly be greeted with mixed reaction from the Sunderland faithful, especially with the player having now made 93 appearances for the Wearsiders' biggest rivals.
Although Colback may not be welcomed back to the Stadium of Light with open arms by certain members of the Sunderland fan base, many will not have forgotten some of his best days in a Sunderland shirt, including his goal against Newcastle in a 3-0 victory away at St James' Park.
Colback is certainly an attractive prospect for Sunderland's new manager to look at, with the player available on a loan and wages unlikely to be a problem.
There is little doubt that Colback could offer Sunderland a very good outlet in their midfield in the third tier of English football, but whether or not the Black Cats would be keen on rocking the boat with such a controversial signing ahead of such a pivotal season is something that their Scottish manager will have to assess.