Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner is a sports writer covering a range of North East sports. Before joining us in February 2005, he worked for the Liverpool Echo.

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Jack Rodwell of Sunderland warms up with Connor Wickham and Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole is a great advert for Sunderland's competition for places

Having been made to fight for his place in the second half of last season, Lee Cattermole is pleased others will now have to do the same

John Hastings

Calum MacLeod and John Hastings to the rescue after Durham are caught in a spin

Lancashire are testing out Durham's batting against spin at Old Trafford, but Calum MacLeod and John Hastings rose to the challenge

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone

Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone tells Jack Rodwell to prove his doubters wrong

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone will not be the only one with a point to prove this season and he has challenged Jack Rodwell to do the same

Newcastle United players model the club's new home kit for the 2014/2015 season - made by Puma

Newcastle United have cause for excitement after dark days of last season

A good summer in the transfer market means Newcastle United should start the new season in a much more positive frame of mind

Newcastle Eagles star Scott Martin

Scott Martin's return is reassuring for Fab Flournoy's Newcastle Eagles

Confirmation of Scott Martin's return to Newcastle Eagles means Fabulous Flournoy will have plenty of familiar faces to work with next season

Sebastian Coates

New season will not put a stop to Newcastle United's recruitment drive

Even after seven additions to their squad, Newcastle United are still open to adding to every outfield department

Sunderland target Will Buckley

Will Buckley's arrival will not end Sunderland's interest in Fabio Borini

Will Buckley is finally expected to join Sunderland from Brighton and Hove Albion today but it will not end their pursuit of Fabio Borini

Steven Fletcher celebrates after scoring the first goal for Sunderland

Steven Fletcher happy to have given Gustavo Poyet a decision to make

Refreshed after a break from football, Steven Fletcher is pleased he has made the job of selecting a team to play West Bromwich Albion more difficult

Sunderland's Connor Wickam scoring their second goal

Sunderland 2 Udinese 0: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

There were not as many clues as you might expect from the final match as Sunderland's pre-season campaign

Durham Cricket Club, Head Coach Jon Lewis

Long-distance Durham won't complain about horrendous Royal London Cup travel woes

Durham coach Jon Lewis complete final away game of the programme at Glamorgan - after trips to Somerset, Kent and Sussex

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