The 100 Greatest Sunderland signings: 90-86

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MOMENTUM is building as we continue our countdown to the top 100 SAFC signings in the post-war era.

We have made it to positions 90 to 86 and it features a promotion-winning striker and a one-season wonder.

David Connolly.

David Connolly.

Our judging panel has selected the 100 greatest signings and the criteria was very simple.

Players had to have played after World War II, and those who had come through the ranks were not eligible.

Neither were loan signings, only those who joined the club on a permanent basis.

90. Lorik Cana (pictured above)

Wes Brown.

Wes Brown.

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Marseille in 2009 for £5m

- Captained the club in his one season on Wearside

- Made 35 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

- Albania international left the club in 2010 to join Galatasaray, and now plays for Lazio

Sunderland 100. Mark Proctor.

Sunderland 100. Mark Proctor.

89. David Connolly (pictured)

- Striker joined Sunderland from Wigan Athletic in 2006

- Scored 13 goals in his first season at the club as Roy Keane’s side won promotion to the Premier League

- Made 42 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 13 times

Sunderland 100. Mick Buckley.

Sunderland 100. Mick Buckley.

- Fell out of favour after promotion, and left the club in 2009 to sign for Southampton. Connolly has since played for Portsmouth and Oxford United

88. Wes Brown (pictured)

- Defender joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2011 for an undisclosed fee

- His time on Wearside has been disrupted by injury, but he has been a regular over the last two seasons

- Has made 69 appearances for Sunderland, scoring once

87. Mark Proctor (pictured)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Nottingham Forest in 1983 for £115,000

- Became a regular in the top flight, but missed the 1985 League Cup final with an injury

- Sunderland were relegated during his injury lay-off, and he later suffered relegation to the third tier with the club

- Made 138 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 23 times

- Left the club in 1987 to join Sheffield Wednesday for £275,000, and later played for the likes of Middlesbrough, Tranmere Rovers and St Johnstone

86. Mick Buckley (pictured)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Everton in 1978 for £60,000

- Helped Sunderland to promotion to the top flight, and helped keep them there with the winner in a 1-0 victory at Manchester City in the 1981-82 season

- Made 135 appearances for Sunderland, scoring eight times

- Left the club in 1983 to join Hartlepool United, and later played for Carlisle United and Middlesbrough

Our panel also selected a top 10 – but the order of those players will be up to Echo readers, who can vote for who they believe is the greatest signing in the club’s post-war history.

We’ll reveal the top 10 in a couple of weeks, and you will be able to vote either online or by text.

You can also tweet your views on the countdown by using the hashtag #SAFC100.

The countdown:

* Click here for 100-96 - including Phil Gray.

* Click here for 95-91 - including Steven Fletcher.