"There's a hunger there. I've explained to him that we're probably looking at a certain position to start with and we'll see how it goes from there," Strachan added.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has decided to allow Kilgallon to join the Championship club after signing defenders Nedum Onuoha and Titus Bramble while John Mensah has returned to the Stadium of Light on loan from Lyon.
"He's a very good player, but he wants to play games," Bruce told BBC Newcastle.
"His career is not finished here but he'll benefit from another six months out on loan."
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