Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet excited by changes

BUZZING ... Sunderland's Simon Mignolet
BUZZING ... Sunderland's Simon Mignolet
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SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says there is a feelgood factor around the club with new signings bringing excitement to the club.

The deal for Wolves hitman Steven Fletcher was expected to be completed today once peronal terms were agreed.

And Carlos Cuellar and Louis Saha have already brought great experience to the Black Cats squad.

Speaking of Fletcher’s £12m move to Wearside, Mignolet said: “If it is all sorted then it’s a very good addition to the squad.

“He obviously scored a lot of goals last season. He has proven himself in the Premier League and you want players like that in your squad.

“I hope there will be more to come. Signings like this show the club want to go forward, and that’s very important – there’s a buzz about the club again.

“As European players as well, we want to be playing in European competitions too.

“I would love to show myself more on the TV in Belgium and if you’re playing in Europe, you’re obviously doing that.”

One result does not make a season but the hard-fought draw at Arsenal last Saturday has raised spirits on Wearside and quelled the fears that had grown among supporters over the course of a flat pre-season and quiet summer in the transfer market ahead of the Premier League opener.

But Sunderland have been here before – gaining a point at Liverpool on the opening day of last season before collapsing against Newcastle United in their first home game of the season and going into a tailspin as a result.

And Mignolet says it is vital Sunderland’s players remember that, going into tomorrow’s game against Reading.

“The point we got against Arsenal will mean nothing if we don’t get anything from Reading,” he said.

“If we lose this game it will be meaningless that we played well against Arsenal.

“It was really important that we started as well as we did.

“We had a bit of a hard pre-season to be honest, so it was a relief to get that game under our belt and to get the point in the bag.”

“The squad got through it and to come out of Arsenal with a point made us very happy.

“But now it is up to us to make a good start at home and hopefully get three points on the board against Reading. Hopefully we can have a fine season.”