Sunderland’s 2017/18 Championship campaign was one that fans won’t be wanting to relive any time soon. Former Sunderland defender Billy Jones has spoken to the Yorkshire Post to shed some light on last season from a player’s point of view.

Sunderland finished bottom of the table last season, relegating them to League One after dropping down in consecutive seasons. Manager Chris Coleman left at the end of the season, and then-owner Ellis Short was still in charge of the club, leaving Sunderland fans concerned of what the future would hold for the club.

However, Stewart Donald bought the club and Jack Ross became manager after leaving St. Mirren. Sunderland now sit in 3rd place in League One, one point behind Peterborough United in the automatic promotion spots.

The Black Cats’ Championship campaign was much different to this one, and defender Billy Jones has had his say on what was a ‘horrible’ campaign.

“It has been really good. Obviously from where I have come from last season, there was not much positivity at all around the club with what happened. It was obviously horrible being part of that, personally,” Jones told the Yorkshire Post.

The defender is now enjoying life at Rotherham United under Paul Warne.

“When I spoke to the gaffer in the summer, he obviously spoke about the close-knit group he has here and the way the lads work hard for each other and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company in training in terms of working hard and off the pitch as well.

“It is a close-knit group and he spoke about how him and his staff do their utmost to improve you as an individual and as a team and it has been exactly that.

“It has been really great to be part of and hopefully we are going to have a special season here and that is what we are working hard to achieve.”

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