Jack Ross offers his verdict on Sunderland new boy Joel Lynch after his impressive home debut

Jack Ross has hailed summer signing Joel Lynch, describing the experienced defender as a ‘good type’ to have around the Academy of Light.
Joel Lynch has made a quick impression at SunderlandJoel Lynch has made a quick impression at Sunderland
Joel Lynch has made a quick impression at Sunderland

The former Huddersfield Town and QPR centre back has impressed since his arrival on Wearside, and was a standout performer in the wins over Sheffield United and MK Dons.

Those appearances came after a period in which Lynch, and fellow recruit Laurens De Bock, were worked hard behind the scenes as they sought to build-up match fitness.

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And while that period of intense training meant the 31-year-old’s first-team chances were restricted, Ross believes it helped aid his transition into life in the North East.

Now, with the defender fully settled, his nous and know-how after over 330 EFL appearances can begin to rub-off on the Black Cats’ squad.

“I think he’s a good type to have around, he gets on with us work,” admitted Ross.

“It maybe helped him having this little period where he is playing catchup with fitness, I think he’s adjusted to how we work and the club.

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“He’s settled in and everyday I’ve noticed that he’s become more and more comfortable in the surroundings.

“I think that’s then reflected in the performances.

“It maybe wasn’t a bad thing when he had that forced bedding in period to get his fitness.”

Lynch and Jordan Willis look set to continue their partnership at the back against Lincoln City - despite Alim Ozturk’s return to fitness.