Sunderland manager Marin O’Neill has said that crocked goalkeeper Craig Gordon still has a future at the club and has vowed to get him fit enough and give him opportunity so that he can reclaim the number one spot in the side.

The Scotland international shot stopper, who joined the Wearside club from Scottish Premier League side Hearts in 2007 has had an injury plagued 4 and half years at the Stadium of Light but even in that time, he has put on stellar displays when he has been fit.

The 29 year old is out of contract at the end of the season and there have been speculations that Sunderland will allow the player, who they paid a then British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, to leave the club but according to O’Neill, Craig Gordon still has a lot to offer to the club. Martin O’Neill is a big fan of the Scotland goalkeeper and even tried to sign him when he was the manager of Aston Villa but lost out to Sunderland and Roy Keane who secured his services.

The £ 9 million pound signing made an immediate impact in the side with his saves helping Sunderland to lock the opposition out but his injury prone nature has been a stumbling block to his progress with The Black Cats and with his latest injury ruling him out for a further span of time, many people were certain that Gordon’s career at the Stadium of Light is all but over.

Moreover, Hearts are also hoping that Craig Gordon manages to play six more games for Sunderland with a clause in his contract stating that they will be paid a further £ 1 million if he manages 100 matches for The Black Cats. All in all, Gordon is at the center of attention in the football community in both Scotland and England.