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Thornton shocked at exit

By Graeme Bailey.   Last Updated: 11/05/05 6:58pm

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Sean Thornton is shocked as Sunderland's decision to make him available for transfer.

The Irish Under-21 international was placed on the transfer list earlier this week, but Thornton's representative Lee Payne admits his client was mystified by The Black Cats' decision.

"Sean had been told three weeks ago by Mick McCarthy that he was part of his plans," Payne told skysports.com.

"We all knew that Sunderland were going up at that point, so for the decision to be made like it has been is strange.

"Sean was obviously hoping to stay, but we will now look at his options and we don't anticipate any shortage of offers for a player of his capabilities."

Thomas Myhre hopes to pledge his future to the club in the near future.

"We will see what happens over the summer now but at least I can look back on a great season with Sunderland, whatever happens," he said.

"I will sit down with the gaffer in a few weeks and discuss things. I hope to stay, but you never know what is going to happen in football."

Meanwhile, Sunderland have been linked with a move for Leeds United's Frazer Richardson.

The versatile defender is reportedly amongst Mick McCarthy's list of possible targets and he is ready to test Leeds' resolve in the next few weeks.

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