Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has revealed his delight after completing a move for defender Bailey Wright.
Having spent the final few months of the season on loan with the Black Cats, Wright’s handful of appearances made enough of an impression on Parkinson for a two-year deal to be handed to the £720,000 valued ace.
Australian born central defender Wright became a free agent this summer after seeing his contract come to an end with Championship side Bristol City.
And, the Wearside club have now confirmed that he has penned a deal to return to the Stadium of Light next season.
Speaking after completing the deal, Parkinson gave his view on Wright, telling the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to have signed Bailey. He’s a very good player, but he’s also an excellent character and leader.”
Further to those comments, Parkinson opted to thank Stewart Donald for his part in the deal despite ongoing criticism for the club’s owner, who remains keen to sell.
“He’s a really important signing for us and because of his quality, there was plenty of competition for his signature, so I’d like to credit the owner and Jim Rodwell for getting the deal over the line.”
The deal for Wright is a good one for Sunderland and one that will enhance the club’s defensive backline. Indeed, this is a player who contributed to four clean sheets in five appearances prior to the premature end to the 19/20 campaign.
Parkinson is obviously sold on Wright’s talent and if his comments are anything to go by, the ex-Preston North End man could become a key figure for the Black Cats in the 20/21 season.
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