Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hails ‘outstanding young talent’ James McClean

Winger James McLean who has signed for Sunderland Football Club from Derry City
Winger James McLean who has signed for Sunderland Football Club from Derry City
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STEVE Bruce is delighted Sunderland won the race to sign James McClean.

The 22-year-old winger singed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light yesterday after sealing a £350,000 switch from Derry City.

Bruce said: “James is an outstanding young talent and has rightly attracted interest from a number of clubs over the summer so we’re very pleased that he sees his future at Sunderland.”

McClean is Sunderland’s tenth summer signing, following the permanent capture of Ahmed Elmohamady and new arrivals of Ji Dong-won, Keiren Westwood, Sebastian Larsson, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Wes Brown, John O’Shea and David Vaughan.

Bruce added: “I’m delighted with what we’ve been able to do over the summer.

“We’ve the makings of a very good squad and James will now have every chance to come here and make that next step in his career.”

McClean made his first team debut for Dery in 2008 and has recently pledged his international future to the Republic of Ireland after representing Northern Ireland Under-21s.