Lawrence attracting Black Cats
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 22-year-old, who missed out on promotion back to Division Two after Monday's Third Division play-off final loss on penalties to Huddersfield Town, is out of contract this summer at Field Mill.
He has already attracted the interest of fellow First Division side Rotherham United, but Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy now looks to have become the latest suitor for the midfielder's services.
It remains to be seen if The Stags can keep hold of their top asset, with Lawrence likely to be tempted by the opportunity of playing Division One football next term.
The latest news on Lawrence comes as Stags boss Keith Curle released eight members of his squad this week.
Tony Vaughan, Jamie Clarke, Chris Beardsley, Craig Mitchell, Andy White, Iyseden Christie, Mark Hurst and Laurent D'Jaffo have been shown the door by Curle.
In contrast, Lawrence was one of 12 players to receive fresh terms for next season.
Bobby Hassell, Rhys Day, Dave Artell, Jake Buxton, Luke Dimech, Adam Eaton, Craig Disley, Neil MacKenzie, Tom Curtis, Lee Williamson and Junior Mendes are all considering their new offers over the summer.
Meanwhile, Sunderland have signed a new six-year kit sponsorship deal with Italian sportswear company Diadora.