MAX Power has apologised to the Sunderland fanbase after the club were knocked out of the League One play-offs. 

The Black Cats lost 3-2 on aggregate to Lincoln City in the semi finals as they were condemned to a fourth consecutive season in the third tie of English Football. The Imps have set up a date with Blackpool in the final on Sunday. 

27-year-old Power has been released by Sunderland after three years with the club, making 137 appearances and scoring 13 goals.

He wore the captains armband on a number of occasions and was part of two failed play-off campaigns. 

After not being offered a contract at the Stadium of Light, Power took to his Instagram account to show his appreciation for the supporters. 

"A huge thanks to everyone at Sunderland for the last 3 years" said Power. 

"To captin this club was a huge and privilege. To the fans, thank you for your support.

"I understand how much this club means to you and I'm sorry we weren't able to achieve promotion in my time here.

"I've loved my time here and met some great people. I wish nothing but the best for the club moving forward and hope it's not too long until it's back where it belongs."

Power, Grant Leadbitter and Chris Maguire were among a group of seven senior players to have been released by Sunderland.

Callum McFadzean, Conor McLaughlin, Josh Scowen and Remi Matthews have also played their final games for the Black Cats and have not been offered new deals with the club.