Jack Ross on Glenn Loovens and why he wanted to sign experienced defender
Glenn Loovens has begun training at the Academy of Light after becoming Sunderland's seventh summer signing.
Loovens was not part of the Black Cats side that ran out 6-0 winners at St Mirren on Saturday, but the 34-year-old did step up his pre-season preparations on Wearside.
Ross, who is likely to try and sign one further centre-back before the transfer window shuts, said the former Sheffield Wednesday man would bring valuable leadership skills to the dressing room.
Ross said: "It only went through tea time on Friday so it was a logical decision not to play him.
"He trained on Saturday morning with the staff at the training ground, he's in good condition anyway to be fair.
“When we sign a player we have to think carefully about why we’re recruiting them, and we have quite a young squad so we need players with leadership qualities and experience.
“Glenn has all of that in abundance, plus he’s looked after himself physically and his recent playing history is very good in terms of the amount of games he’s played.
“It’s also a position where we need strength in depth, so he ticks a lot of boxes.
“I met him this afternoon, and have spoken to him previously, and he’ll be good for our dressing room.
“He was very popular at Sheffield Wednesday and people speak very highly of him, and his playing pedigree obviously speaks for itself.
“He’s a strong character and those qualities – in the dressing room and on the pitch – will be helpful for us this year, as it’s a long season with a lot of games.”
Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal took to twitter to wish Loovens luck at Sunderland and hail the 'best captain' he has ever worked with.
Loovens looks set to be involved when the Black Cats travel to Middlesbrough next Friday.