Sunderland have completed the signing of full-back Niall Huggins from Leeds United, the League One club have confirmed.
A graduate of Leeds’ academy, Huggins made just one first-team appearance for the Yorkshire club, in their 4-2 defeat at Arsenal back in February.
The versatile 20-year-old had reportedly attracted interest from Championship duo Blackburn and Blackpool this summer, although Huggins has now completed a move to the third-tier instead.
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It was announced on Friday night that Huggins has joined Sunderland on a permanent basis, putting pen to paper on a four-year contract that secures his future at The Stadium of Light until the end of the 2024/25 season.
The defender has now become Sunderland’s seventh senior signing of the summer transfer window, and taking to Twitter to react to news of Huggins’ arrival, plenty of the club’s fans were keen to give their thoughts on their side’s latest recruit.
Here, we take a look at what some of those Black Cats supporters had to say.
Welcome to Sunderland mate!..delighted it’s a permanent deal 🔴⚪️🔴😉👍
— Colin Roberts (@mackem49000) August 20, 2021
4 year contract says a lot of what the club thinks of him 👏
— Geoff 🇵🇸 (@SafcGB) August 21, 2021
Welcome to Sunderland! Another amazing signing 👏🔴⚪
— Ethan Smith (@EthanSmith1717) August 20, 2021
Beautiful stuff, Vito next🤞
— Joe McNally (@JoeMcNa36001719) August 20, 2021
Refreshing to see the club investing in youth. The signing of ‘mediocre has-beens’ on huge wages was a major factor in the clubs rapid fall from grace. Welcome to Wearside Niall.
— The Kaiser (@tonythekaizer) August 21, 2021
Versatile full back. Tears in my eyes
— Sarah (@SAFCSarah) August 20, 2021
— oskar brown (@oskarbrown1) August 20, 2021
AMAZING signing for a league 1 club
— COLIN LYNCH (@COLINDLYNCH) August 20, 2021