Sunderland keeper Mignolet was dumped nine years ago - as a midfielder!

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has only been at the caper for nine years!

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has only been at the caper for nine years!

Just nine years ago the 23-year-old, now firmly established as Martin O'Neill's No 1 on Wearside, was a midfielder, turfed out by local club Sint-Truiden.

"I grew very quickly," the 6ft 3in Belgian told the Daily Mail.

"Because of my size they said I would not be quick enough to make it so they sent me back to a local club."

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