Where is Josh Maja now? How Sunderland ‘Til I Die star has fared since leaving Black Cats

Liam Corless
Maja was a key focus point in season twoYouTube/Sunderland AFC

Sunderland ‘Til I Die will return to our screens on Tuesday (February 13) with a three-episode third series charting the club’s successful 2021-22 play-off campaign.

The Netflix series’ first two seasons, following the Black Cats’ 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns, were enjoyed by football fans around the globe.

Worlds away from the polished documentation of Manchester City’s 2017-18 season by Amazon, the first two seasons of Sunderland ‘Til I Die focussed on a club with far less stability than the Premier League juggernauts, and thus made for fascinating viewing.

Article continues after ad

One of the main protagonists in season two

Sunderland were relegated to League One in 2018, and the second season of Sunderland ‘Til I Die focussed on their attempted return to the Championship.

In the first half of the 2018-19 campaign, forward Josh Maja was a key player for Sunderland, scoring 15 goals in 24 league appearances, making him a major focus point in the series.

Maja left the club midway through the season, joining French side Bordeaux, with Sunderland unable to agree an extension to the player’s contract, which was due to expire at the end of the campaign.

Article continues after ad

The Nigerian went on to score 29 goals in 93 appearances for Bordeaux, with loan spells back in England with Fulham and Stoke mixed in with his time in France.

Maja returned to England permanently last summer, signing for West Brom on a three-year contract, but things have not gone to plan for the 25-year-old since he moved to the Hawthorns.

Maja’s last appearance for West Brom came on December 9 when he sustained ankle ligament damage against former club Sunderland.

Article continues after ad

At the time, Baggies boss Carlos Corberan said Maja would be sidelined for four months. Maja has scored one goal in nine substitute appearances for West Brom.

Related Topics

About The Author

Liam has 10 years' experience in journalism, having previously operated as the Manchester Evening News' associate football editor, and as an editor for the Daily Mirror, the Daily Express and the Daily Star.