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Sunderland: Aiden O’Brien arrives on free transfer

Sunderland: Aiden O’Brien arrives on free transfer - Sunderland News

Sunderland have completed a deal to sign Republic of Ireland international Aiden O’Brien, as confirmed via their official website.

The Wearside club have struggled over the last 12 months to find a consistent attacking line, seeing the likes of Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke fail to find goalscoring form.

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Both Grigg and Wyke remain at the club whilst Kyle LaffertyAntoine Semenyo and Duncan Watmore have all left and it has now been confirmed that boss Phil Parkinson has hauled in O’Brien to bolster his attacking options.

The Northern Echo reported earlier this week that Sunderland were showing interest, claiming that representatives from both camps had discussed a move and that has now been signed and sealed.

O’Brien, who was a free agent following his release from Championship side Millwall at the end of the season, appeared 18 times in the league last term, netting three goals.

Completing his move to the Black Cats, the attacker said: “It feels terrific to be a Sunderland player.

“This is a massive club and I just can’t wait to get going. I love scoring goals, it’s what I live for and hopefully I can bring plenty to the team.

“I can’t express how excited I am, and I can’t wait to show the fans and my team-mates what I’m made of.”

O’Brien is capable of playing anywhere along the forward line and has experience at international level, having featured five times for his national side.

A good signing for Sunderland and one that fans will hope to kick start further recruitment. Indeed, this is a player who has played 95 games in League One and 102 in the Championship so he has great experience, with 34 goals and 14 assists combined in the two divisions.

The fact O’Brien can play anywhere along the front line also makes him a good addition as he offers great versatility. At 26-years-old he still has plenty left in the tank too and on a free transfer they have surely got a bargain in signing the £428k-valued ace.

Do you think O’Brien will be a good signing for Sunderland? Let us know in the comments section below…

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