Bailey Wright says he hopes to have clarity on his future soon, with nothing sorted yet on his future at Sunderland.
Wright is one of Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson's top transfer targets this summer after impressing during his half-season loan spell on Wearside from January, despite making just five appearances.
The Australia international centre-back impressed at the heart of Parkinson's three-man defence, helping Sunderland keep four clean sheets in his five outings.
But his season was cut short when the injury-prone 27-year-old suffered ankle ligament damage during a challenge in the win at Oxford in February.
With Wright's Bristol City contract up this summer, Wright had already made clear his desire to earn a permanent contract at Sunderland when joining on loan, and as such had already moved his family up to the North East. Sunderland, therefore, allowed him to complete his rehabilitation at the club, giving them the ability to monitor his progression ahead of a potential summer move.
And with Wright back running at home and recording his data to send back to coaches along with other players during lockdown before the season was curtailed, Wright's recovery was on course to earn him that permanent deal.
Parkinson told BBC Newcastle last week that the club's first deal of the summer was close, and it's believed he was referring to Wright, now available on a free.
Despite that, nothing is sorted yet, the defender has claimed.
He told BBC Bristol: "No news from myself at the moment.
“I’m a free agent, which is the first time for me in my football career over in England. It feels a bit weird and I’m definitely missing that hunger and that winning feeling you get day in, day out at training and in games.
“I’m hoping something is sorted fairly soon, but as of now there is nothing sorted. But I’m looking forward to see what lies ahead.”
So much uncertainty surrounds the summer for many EFL clubs, including Sunderland.
We still have no start date for next season, and as such all players are on furlough with Parkinson and his team waiting for a date before finalising pre-season plans.
On top of that, there has been talk of flat salary caps and player registration rules that just add further uncertainty to clubs hoping to do early business.
Despite that, Wright is still expected to be a top priority signing for Sunderland this summer.