Bailey Wright on what Sunderland fans can expect from him and the new team-mate who gave him a glowing report
Bailey Wright says Sunderland fans can expect to see a ‘committed’ defender who will give ‘100% every week’.
Wright has joined the Black Cats on loan until the end of the season after struggling to force his way into the Bristol City line-up of late.
Phil Parkinson says he will be a ‘valuable’ addition to the group, with the 27-year-old the subject of interest from numerous Championship clubs.
“I'm a committed player,” Wright told safc.com.
“I like to think of myself as an honest, hard-working player and a leader.
“I love football, I love the horrible side of it, but I love the beauty of it as well.
“You'll get 100% from me every week.
“I'm a winner and that's what I'm here for.”
Wright says he received a glowing reference from team-mate Conor McLaughlin, who he was an apprentice with at Preston North End.
The defender says it will be ‘amazing’ to play for such a passionate support.
“Conor McLaughlin is a good mate of mine, we did our apprenticeships together and he said nothing but good things about it here.
“You speak to various people, people who've played here and I've played here myself, and you realise how passionate and how much love there is here for football.
“That's what it's all about.
“What that manager is building here excites me and it’s something I want to be a part of.
“People in the area live and breathe football. For me, that will be amazing to play in front of every week.
“I want to be part of a successful Sunderland team.”
Wright admits he has a battle on his hands to get into the Sunderland side, who are currently unbeaten in seven League One fixtures.
“I'm coming here to earn that shirt, I'm not just expecting to have it,” he said.
“I'm here to earn it the team is in a great run of form with results and performances.
“I've been following Sunderland closely since I first found about the interest and it's good to see the team doing well.
“I'm here to compete, to push others and have others push me.
“It's exciting and hopefully I can kick on.”