Joey Barton reacts after signing former Sunderland favourite to boost his squad

Fleetwood Town have added former Sunderland favourite Ross Wallace to their squad.

Friday, 21st September 2018, 11:11 am
Updated Saturday, 22nd September 2018, 5:19 am
Former Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Ross Wallace

Joey Barton's side have brought the 33-year-old in as they look to challenge the Black Cats for promotion to the Championship.

Wallace has been without a club since leaving Sheffield Wednesday int he summer, and also had a trial at Wigan Athletic.

"We are delighted to bring a player of Ross’ quality into our squad," Barton said.

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“He has been with us for the last couple of weeks, and we are pleased to have fought off competition from numerous other clubs to secure his signature.”

Wallace was a popular player on Wearside, making over 50 appearances for the club.

He was a pivotal member of the Roy Keane team that turned around a wretched start to the season and went on to win the league.

Memorably, Wallace scored the winner in Keane's first game as they battled back from going behind to win 2-1 at Derby County.

Fleetwood are expected to make a further addition to their squad, with former Newcastle United man Ryan Taylor also on trial.

After the 1-1 draw between the two sides earlier this season, Jack Ross said that he expected Fleetwood Town to push for the top six this season.