Sunderland Echo writer Phil Smith has said that the potential summer signing of Bailey Wright to Sunderland is a ‘no brainer’ for the club.
The Australian-born defender spent the second half of the 2019/2020 season at the Stadium of Light after moving on loan during the January transfer window.
Moving to England in 2009 when he joined Preston North End, he helped the Lilywhites win promotion to the Championship in 2015, beating Swindon Town at Wembley.
His success at Deepdale earned him a move to Bristol City in 2017 but he found playing time hard to come by at Ashton Gate thus prompting a loan to Sunderland.
Making five league appearances for the Black Cats before the season came to an abrupt end, the centre-back made a solid impression.
Now a free agent after his contract came to an end with Bristol City, Wright has been linked with a return to Phil Parkinson’s side.
Touching on a potential return for Wright to Sunderland, Echo pundit Smith gave his thoughts in a latest Q&A session.
“It should be a no-brainer (and hopefully will prove to be).
“He improved the side, has vast experience, and fits perfectly into what the manager wants to do.
“The manager is very keen to sign him, the player has been very clear that he wanted to earn a long-term deal (and showed his commitment by moving up for the loan).
“He’d be a very good addition, would give everyone a bit of a boost and so hopefully there’ll be movement on that one.”
Why wouldn’t you re-sign Wright if you were Parkinson? The Sunderland boss needs all the best options he can get for next season and the Aussie defender made a good impact at the club, if only for a short time, by helping them to four clean sheets in five appearances (Transfermarkt).
Whether or not finances are being looked at first remains to be seen, but if they can afford it they should get a deal on the table for the player.
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