University of Sunderland’s American football head coach Pete Nichol has called his side’s season an “okay” one. 

Nichol is also looking ahead to making some strong recruitment in a bid to challenge for the BUCS 1A North division title next term.

Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation on goal difference ahead of Tyne and Wear rivals Newcastle as the Wearsiders recorded a -97 goal deficit compared with Newcastle’s -125.

But despite narrowly beating the drop, Nichol said his depleted team met their season target.

“For the amount of players we have had, it’s been an okay season. The aim for me personally was to get us mid-table and definitely avoid relegation. We managed to do that, so I was happy enough,” said Nichol.

After just two wins and six defeats out of eight in the league, Nichol reflected on his team’s somewhat hit-and-miss performances.

He said: “In most of the games we’ve had, we could have done better. We could have won more games but at the same time, we could have lost the games.

“So overall, it’s been a very 50/50 season all round.”

And while the season has just recently come to an end, Nichol is already looking forward to next season, when he hopes American football will have a higher profile as Sunderland look to attract new players to propel themselves up the BUCS table.

He said: “Hopefully [we’ll] get a good recruitment and try and climb the table – maybe target playoffs, and – with a good recruitment – top spot.”