Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has revealed his delight at the signing of Republic of Ireland international Aiden O’Brien.
Having finished the 2019/20 season eighth in the League One standings, Parkinson is now expected to look to the summer transfer window and make several changes to his squad.
Whilst both Grigg and Wyke remain at the Stadium of Light and will seemingly do so for next season, the likes of Kyle Lafferty, Antoine Semenyo and Duncan Watmore have all left and Parkinson has opted to bring in O’Brien to bolster his forward options.
Speaking on the signing of O’Brien, Parkinson told the club’s official website: “I’m really pleased with the signing of Aiden.
“He’s at a good age, he has experience of winning this division and he has played plenty of Championship football.
“Aiden can also play in a variety of attacking roles, which I feel is important for us. We are delighted to welcome him to the club and we are looking forward to working with him.”
Aside from plenty of experience in the English Football League, with 226 appearances in total for the Lions, O’Brien has also featured at international level for Republic of Ireland, winning five caps for his country.
This looks like a good move for Parkinson and one that should hopefully kick-start some further arrivals. O’Brien has plenty of experience in England and his ability to play anywhere along the forward line makes him a good squad player.
Other players will need to follow, though, and Parkinson will likely want to build upon the arrival of the 26-year-old.
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