Martyn Waghorn celebrates scoring for Ipswich Town

Sunderland have brought through academy players and signed plenty of players only to make a loss or release them after a few unsuccessful seasons.

Here are a few that will be playing domestically in a league above The Black Cats after their relegation was confirmed to League One.

John Egan

Egan left Sunderland on a free transfer as a 21-year-old to join Gillingham Town.

The Irish international impressed in his two years at The Gills enough to earn a move to Brentford who have now established themselves as a solid Championship club.

Now 25 years old, Egan is the club captain for the Championship side.

Martyn Waghorn

At one-point Waghorn looked like a wonder kid for Sunderland making his debut for the first team as a 17-year-old against Manchester United in a Premier League game in 2007.

But the striker who could also play as a winger would only go on to play another five times for The Black Cats before signing for Leicester City in 2010.

The South Shields born forward left his childhood club for £3 million to help fund the signing of Asamoah Gyan.

Since 2010 Waghorn has played for several clubs including Rangers and Wigan Athletic. Now at Ipswich the 28-year-old impressed this season scoring 16 goals and assisting 13 times.

Conor Hourihane

Hourihane is the second Irishman in this list after John Egan and he also left Sunderland on a free transfer. In 2010 the Aston Villa man joined Ipswich where he didn’t feature in a single game for the first team.

It was at Plymouth Argyle where the centre midfielder made a name for himself earning a move to Barnsley where he kept progressing as a goal scoring midfielder.

This good form for a struggling Barnsley side earned Hourihane a £3 million move to Villa who he is now in the Championship play-offs with after a season where he scored an impressive 11 times and assisting twice.

Danny Graham

Gateshead born striker, Graham, has just earned an automatic promotion from League One into the Championship with Blackburn Rovers after being released in 2016 by Sunderland.

Graham didn’t impress whilst playing at The Stadium of Light only scoring once in the league across 42 first team appearances.

The 32-year-old led the line for Rovers this season scoring 14 goals for them in League One to add to his 12 from their relegation campaign from the Championship the season before.

Will Buckley

Buckley was signed by Gus Poyet for Sunderland in 2014 after he impressed under him at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Championship.

It wasn’t a fruitful time for the winger on Wearside who didn’t score once in his three years at the club in 24 appearances.

Now at Bolton after being released by The Black Cats the 28-year-old plays regularly in the Championship.