Sunderland have announced that they have completed the signing of midfielder Josh Hawkes on a two-year deal.
Hawkes has been a free-agent since his contract with National League side Hartlepool United reached a conclusion at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Hawkes expressed his delight at completing the move to Sunderland, before expressing his eagerness to get off to a positive start.
“I’m over the moon. It’s been in the pipeline for a while now, so to get it finally sorted is great. I can’t wait to get started.”
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Sunderland return to action on Saturday, when they face Oxford United, in what is certain to be a tricky test for Phil Parkinson’s side.
Plenty of Sunderland supporters took to social media to issue their thoughts on Hawkes’ arrival at the Stadium of Light.
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
Welcome Josh! Top player and definitely one for the future! What a finisher! #chef
— The Hidden Den (@TheHiddenDen1) September 15, 2020
Welcome Josh Mate 🔴⚪️ Wish you all the best
— Knightsy (@KnightsyBTW) September 15, 2020
Better than Dobson already
— Fraser Nicholson (@fraser24994831) September 15, 2020
Good luck getting on the bench never mind the side
— aldgadgee (@aldgadgee) September 15, 2020
Hope he gets a chance to play in the first team
— Anthony Hughes (@Anth_Hughes) September 15, 2020
Canny player, good call
— Berek C (@FTMBezza) September 15, 2020
Welcome to Sunderland Josh. 🔴⚪️
— AvengerThor3006 (@AvengerThor3006) September 15, 2020
He looks thrilled
— Matty (@MattyDicksonSR) September 15, 2020
— Joe McNally (@JoeMcNa36001719) September 15, 2020
Welcome laddy! Give it loads! 👍🏻
— Benjiboo_Version2 (@BenjibooV) September 15, 2020
— Micky Lawson (@Micky_A_Lawson) September 15, 2020
Happy with this, stand out player a few times when watching Hartlepool last few seasons https://t.co/5F3BhpkjOq
— Chris Bland (@blandc_1996) September 15, 2020