Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson reacts after making Bailey Wright his second January addition

Phil Parkinson says Bailey Wright will be a ‘valuable addition’ to the club.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 10:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 2:27 pm

The Bristol City captain joins until the end of the current season, and will add competition in the back three system that Parkinson has favoured of late.

Wright, 27, had interest from a number of clubs but says he wants to be part of what Parkinson is building.

“We are delighted to welcome Bailey to the club,” Parkinson said.

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“He is an experienced player and he has captained Bristol City. We are looking forward to working with him.

“He adds competition at the back, which is something I felt we needed, and he is an excellent character. He will be a valuable addition to the group.”

Wright made over 80 appearances for the Robins since joining the club in 2016, but has fallen down the pecking order this season and has struggled for regular football.

The deal had been due to be concluded last week but was delayed after manager Lee Johnson saw a number of his defensive options suffer an injury.

Wright also made over 200 appearances for Preston North End before moving, a spell that included a promotion from League One.

Wright said: “I’m delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to getting to work. “I’ve played League One football before and I’ve been promoted, so I understand the qualities required to succeed at this level. I’ve had a few chats with the manager, and I want to be a part of what he’s building.”