SUNDERLAND’S newest recruit, Danny Rose, claims the Martin O’Neill factor played a key part in his loan move to the North East.
Rose, 22, reveals he spoke to several teammates who’ve played under the Black Cats’ boss, including goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
The Tottenham left back is eligible for the Premier League clash against Swansea and can’t wait to get started.
He said: “Brad played under Martin O’Neill for years at Aston Villa and had lots of positive things to say about him.
“I’m looking forward to him helping me develop as a player and me hopefully getting a run of games.
“I know a few people at Villa as well – when I heard of the interest from Sunderland I texted a few people and they said nothing but positive things.
“I’m still relatively young and there’s not many better managers to learn my trade from.”
Fellow summer signing Louis Saha also plied his trade at White Hart Lane last season and Rose is relishing linking up with the French striker.
“Take Adam Johnson – if you’re leaving City pretty much every team in the league would want you. For him to choose Sunderland speaks volumes.
“I worked with Louis [Saha] at Spurs last season and he’s a great finisher and a top man as well. I’m definitely excited to get going.”
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