Sunderland have confirmed the signing of defender Bailey Wright on a free transfer via their official website.
The Australian-born central defender became a free agent this summer after his contract expired at Championship side Bristol City.
The 28-year-old had a loan move to Sunderland in January from Ashton Gate which saw him make a handful of appearances before the League One season was curtailed due to the global pandemic.
With Football Insider among the first to claim that a two-year contract was being discussed between Wright and the Black Cats, confirmation has now followed from the Stadium of Light.
Wright becomes Phil Parkinson’s second signing of the summer as he looks to bolster his squad options and potentially push for promotion to the Championship.
Speaking after his completed deal to Sunderland, Wright said: “It feels really good to get the deal done and I just can’t wait to get up to the North East and join the squad. Although I only worked with the manager for a short spell, I really enjoyed the structure and discipline of the team.
“He expects his players to give everything on the pitch and be good people, and we have that culture within the dressing room. We are heading in the right direction and I’m very confident we can achieve our ambitions next season.”
This seems like a good signing for Parkinson, who already knows the defender’s capabilities, but Wright needs some decent security alongside him at the back, with Sunderland conceding 32 goals in League One last season.
He may not be the last defender to arrive at the club in the current transfer window as Parkinson looks to end the club’s unwanted spell in England’s third tier.
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