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OVER THE LINE: Corry Evans joins Sunderland on two-year deal

OVER THE LINE: Corry Evans joins Sunderland on two-year deal

PA - Liam McBurney

 

Northern Ireland international Corry Evans has signed a two-year deal at League One Sunderland.

The 30-year-old midfielder, who was a free agent after spending the last eight years to Blackburn, has 66 international caps and played for his country at the Euro 2016 finals in France.

Sunderland, who have a further 12-month option on Evans, see him as a replacement for the departed Grant Leadbitter, as they look to gain promotion out of League One at the fourth attempt.

The midfielder, the younger brother of central defender Jonny, who had two spells on loan at the Stadium of Light during his time at Manchester United, told the club’s official website: “I spoke to the head coach and was impressed with the way he discussed his style of play, and coming to look at the training ground convinced me that this was a great place to play football.”

Head coach Lee Johnson added: “Corry is an established international and he comes in to anchor, and be the glue in, our midfield.

“He carries out a special role and it’s something that we’ve needed. He will make other players around him better and his maturity, experience and game-understanding will really set him apart.”

Sunderland have already extended the contract of crucial winger Aidan McGeady, ahead of the upcoming campaign.


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