Aiden McGeady has admitted after weeks of time off, he arrived at Everton and “looked like a bowling ball” in 2014.
McGeady left Celtic for Sparktak Moscow in a £9.5 million move seven years ago and while McGeady admits he enjoyed his spell in Russia, it left him out of shape.
Speaking with ex-Hoops youth team-mate Simon Ferry, the Sunderland winger tells how he fell out of favour during his stint at Spartak, eventually being demoted to the club’s youth team.
Without the chance of first-team football and with Russian football incorporating a winter break, the Ireland international admits he was “living life to the max” during his eight weeks off.
However, it came back to bite him when ex-Toffees boss Roberto Martinez came calling, as McGeady recalls he moved to Merseyside and resembled a bowling ball due to the weight he had put on:
McGeady adds that while Martinez didn’t mention his fitness, he struggled for game time at Goodison Park, resulting in loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Preston.
And it was during his time at Preston that he impressed Simon Grayson, who upon getting the Sunderland job brought McGeady to the Stadium of Light.