Bruce hoping to tie Richardson down
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has revealed that utility man Kieran Richardson is close to agreeing a new deal at the Stadium of Light. The 26-year-old has less than 12 months left on his current contract but Bruce is thought to have made a breakthrough in talks to tie him down on a long-term basis. Negotiations have progressed over the duration of the summer, but despite not playing in the club's 4-2 win over Hull on Saturday, Bruce was confident that Richardson will commit his future. "We're talking to Kieran, he's got a year left and we hope we can tie him up," Bruce told The Journal. "I think the chairman has made a few inroads into that. "We hope he signs it. We want to build a squad here and Kieran is a very good player. They have always got you by the short and curlies these players because he has only got a year left. "We hope it will get done and we hope we'll be able to announce something shortly. I like him as a player. He has got a bit of versatility and he can play in a number of different positions. "In my mind, I think his best position is left-back. I've always said that, but he is a good player and it's nice to have different options with him in the squad."
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