It’s been a steady start to the summer for Sunderland but the ball now looks to be rolling in the transfer market.
The Black Cats have confirmed the signing of Alex Pritchard on a free transfer with the midfielder agreeing a two-year deal to move to the Stadium Of Light.
The 28-year-old had most recently been playing for Huddersfield Town in the Championship, however an injury-hit three years at the club stopped fans at the John Smith’s Stadium from really seeing the best of the player.
A move to Sunderland will be seen as an opportunity for a fresh start for Pritchard, something that was echoed by head coach Lee Johnson who told the website: “We are absolutely delighted to bring in a player of Alex’s pedigree because it’s not often that you get the opportunity to sign a player of this quality in League One.
“It’s our job to wrap around him to make sure he can be the best he can possibly be, but he’s made a lot of sacrifices to come to Sunderland and I think that shows a great desire to play for the fans, for me and for the club.”
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As you’d expect, Pritchard’s arrival has been met with a strong response from supporters on social media. Here’s what some of them had to say.
Don’t stop there admin keep going please
— leon fryatt 🇫🇷 (@Leonfryatt1) July 9, 2021
Fair play, hell of a signing this 👏🏼
— 🅱🆄🅽🅽🅴🆈 (@Bunney_91) July 9, 2021
— LJ (@SAFCLJ25) July 9, 2021
Had so much potential during his time at #ncfc. Obviously lost his way a bit, but at his age, if you get him going, he could be the best player in the division.
Be interesting to see how he goes
— Ricardo🏴💛💚 (@Lioneol_) July 9, 2021
I'm sure Alex will be a good signing. Welcome to the family.
— Gerry McGregor 💙 (@Gerry_McGregor) July 9, 2021
— alex🇫🇷🏴 (@Alex16793) July 9, 2021
Outstanding signing for us..
— Shaun Graham (Gunner) (@ShaunGunner1973) July 9, 2021