League One Sunderland have enquired about the availability of Sheffield United defender Ben Heneghan, according ot ChronicleLive.

The Black Cats are said to be keen on the former Blackpool loanee, who made 39 appearances for The Seasiders last season, and is deemed surplus to requirements ahead of Sheffield’s United upcoming Premier League season.

This wouldn’t be the first time Sunderland have attempted to lure Heneghan to The Stadium of Light, as back in 2017 they were apparently interested in bringing him across the northern border after he had rejected a new contract at Scottish side Motherwell where he had excelled and garnered the attention of many clubs in England. However, it was his current club Sheffield United who captured his signature. Unfortunately for Heneghan, the move didn’t quite work out as he may have hoped, as the centre back has failed to make a single league appearance in his two year stint with The Blades.

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Heneghan would prove to be a quality addition to Jack Ross’s side ahead of the new League One season, and would offer strength in depth alongside the likes of Tom Flanagan, Jack Baldwin and newly signed Coventry City captain Jordan Willis.

Sunderland’s only imperative goal this season understandably will be promotion back to the Championship, after last minute heartbreak in the League One playoff final last season at the hands of Charlton Athletic. The consistency of Heneghan’s League One appearances with Blackpool last season could prove beneficial to all as the Mancunian born defender will now be all too familiar with the standard of football in the third tier and what to expect this season.

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