Sunderland have recently moved to bolster their youth options by signing free agent Jack Bainbridge.
The 20-year-old joins Sunderland after leaving Swansea City following just one season in South Wales.
During his time with the Swans, he failed to make his senior debut but did feature for the under-23 side, including in the Checkatrade Trophy against League One and League Two opposition.
The former Everton defender now joins Sunderland, although he is expected to slot into the under-23 side rather than move straight into the first-team.
Bainbridge plays as a centre-half and he will be hoping to impress under-23 boss Elliott Dickman ahead of the new season.
After joining Sunderland, the young defender took to Twitter to share his delight at the move, saying: “Made up to sign for Sunderland, can’t wait for the season to start now!”
Here is how some Sunderland fans welcomed him on social media.
Welcome to Sunderland!
— Andy (@SAFCsource) July 11, 2018
Congratulations young man, little man is dancing around celebrating for you xxx
— Angie (@travelnotcomple) July 11, 2018
Welcome home mate. We’re a worldwide diaspora that will hold a special place in our hearts for you, if you can put a shift in every minute on that field and do the same for us. Excited to have you ????⚽️
— Richard Short (@richardipshort) July 12, 2018
Best of luck, play to potential and you’ll be in first team before you know it ????⚪️
— stuart bailey (@stubailey73) July 11, 2018
Welcome to the mad house! Best of luck to you
— David Laing (@davidlaing93) July 11, 2018
Welcome to the club. Good look mate ????????
— A.S (@snaith_76) July 11, 2018
Welcome to the club mate, best of luck.
— SAFCinourBLOOD (@Suninourblood) July 11, 2018
Welcome mate. Here’s to the future!
— Connor ????????????????????????????⚽️ (@ConnorSAFC1994) July 11, 2018
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