Sunderland have confirmed on their official website that they have signed defender Bailey Wright on loan from Bristol City until the end of the season.
Wright is out of contract at the end of the summer and has decided to drop down from the Championship to get games.
He said: “I’m delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to getting to work.
“I’ve played League One football before and I’ve been promoted, so I understand the qualities required to succeed at this level. I’ve had a few chats with the manager, and I want to be a part of what he’s building.”
There were no shortage of Sunderland fans on Twitter reacting to the news and there was a feeling of excitement about the signing of a player with experience of playing higher.
Some supporters had complained it was a loan during a window in which money is supposedly available to spend.
But Wright’s contract situation means that there’s not much financial sense in buying him now, when he looks set to be available for free in the summer, by which time Sunderland will hope to be a Championship club again.
people moaning about him being on loan but hes out of contract in the summer ffs
— liv (@livsafc) January 21, 2020
bailey wright wright wright
— daniel crisp (@_danielcrisp) January 21, 2020
Win win for us. Lad needs to play well so he has a job at the end of the season
— James Burton (@JamesBee314) January 21, 2020
Why spend cash on a player who’s out of contract in the summer… stop moaning for the sake of moaning…
— Nick (@nicholaswilso11) January 21, 2020
Welcome to the madhouse #safc
— SAFC Living 123 (@safcliving123) January 21, 2020
What a signing
— Joe Pople (@joeypopes1) January 21, 2020
Welcome to Sunderland Bailey! Let’s get out of this league!! Hawaay the lads 🔴⚪️
— Tom (@Leech27Tom) January 21, 2020
Could be good business if he’s good we might get him on a free at the end of the season.
— Safc_Ha’WAY THE LADS (@Safc_HAWAY) January 21, 2020
A quality signing. For those who are moaning because we are not spending money, why not get behind him as we try to continue this positive momentum on the pitch
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) January 21, 2020