Sunderland confirmed that Leadbitter will be leaving the Stadium of Light this summer, having played over 200 matches across all competitions in his two stints at the club.

 

The midfielder made great strides in developing his game under former Sunderland boss Keane, whose teachings he still banks on every day. 

 

 

Leadbitter revealed that Keane instilled in him a mentality to always look forward onto the next training session and the next game, which was crucial in turning him into the player he currently is.

 

“But what you focus on is the next game, the next training session”, Leadbitter told the Sunderland Echo.

 

 

“Roy instilled that in us and for me that’s the best mentality you can have

 

“They were good times and that spell probably made my career, that chance Roy gave me.”

 

 

Leadbitter hopes he has been able to pass on his approach to tackling games to the up-and-coming players on Wearside, as that mentality is key while playing in League One.

 

“It’s something I hope I’ve passed on.

 

“That calmness if you like, even when you win games and especially when you’re Sunderland in League One.

 

“It’s tough in this league because everyone wants to beat you but when you win, it’s about the next game and it has to be about the next game.”

 

Having seen their promotion hopes slip away in the playoffs in the season gone by, Sunderland are gearing up for another charge to climb back into the Championship in the upcoming campaign, while all eyes will be on where Leadbitter will end up next.