Corry Evans hails ex-Linfield star who has become fans' favourite for club and country

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Corry Evans has hailed the progress of former Linfield youngster Trai Hume. The Northern Ireland defender has starred since making the move across the water.

Hume joined Sunderland from Linfield in January 2022 and quickly became a fans' favourite at the Stadium of Light.

The 22-year-old's energetic, no-nonsense approach to defending has earned him a burgeoning reputation in English football, while he has also become an emerging cult figure within the Green and White Army.

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Former Sunderland teammate Evans is also a massive supporter of Hume, who previously had a hugely successful loan spell with Ballymena United.

Evans - who was released by the Black Cats at the end of last season - said: "I love Trai. He is a great lad and I am really close to him. To see him grow, from playing at Linfield to being a regular at Sunderland, has been great.

"He has become a fans' favourite and done really well for us and Northern Ireland, winning player of the year. He is going to be a huge player for Northern Ireland going forward.

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"It is easy to see why the fans absolutely love him, and he has such a bright future ahead of him. I can't wait to watch him grow and develop over the years."

Hume is currently in Majorca for Northern Ireland's friendly against Spain on Saturday night. Michael O'Neill's side also play Andorra in Murcia next Tuesday.

The versatile defender made 46 appearances for Sunderland last season, adding a goal and one assist. It turned into a disappointing campaign for the Cats, however, who could only manage a 16th-place finish in the Championship.

Reflecting on the year, Hume told Chronicle Live: “Obviously it's not been the season maybe we all wanted but I think we can take a lot of learning from the season because we probably made haven't performed the way we should have and the way we did the season before. So I think we can learn off that and obviously improve going in the next year.

“On a personal note I think it's been a good season really. I've played mostly every game and I don't think I've missed a lot of minutes. I've really enjoyed my football. What I planned to do at the start of the season was get in the team and keep myself in the team from the season before, so I've done that. I just want to keep on improving and keep on getting better.

“I think maybe as a team we could have been more consistent. Obviously we started well, I think we were fourth around September, November time. I think maybe just being more consistent around the Christmas period as everyone says that is when the season starts to get tough. Obviously when it did start getting tough we kind of we got soft really."

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