Ciaran Clark relishing imminent return to top flight

Big season beckons for Newcastle defender – with a possible World Cup duty as a bonus

It was perhaps symbolic that as John O’Shea and Sunderland tumbled into the Championship at the end of last season, Ciaran Clark and Shane Duffy passed them going the other direction.

After fighting to stay in the Premier League for nine seasons, a 10th proved unlucky for Sunderland with another feat of escapology beyond the powers of manager David Moyes.

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