The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 60-56

John O'Shea in action for Sunderland.
John O'Shea in action for Sunderland.
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A POLISH international and three former Manchester United stars are included as we continue the countdown to the 100 greatest post-war signings from positions 60 to 56.

Our judging panel has selected the 100 greatest signings and the criteria was very simple.

Dwight Yorke

Dwight Yorke

Players had to have played after World War II, and those who had come through the ranks were not eligible.

60. John O’Shea (Pictured above)

- Defender joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2011 for around £5m

- Quickly established himself as a key player and is now the club’s captain

Phil Bardsley

Phil Bardsley

- Has made 127 appearances for Sunderland, scoring three times

59. Dwight Yorke (Pictured)

- Striker – who played in midfield for much of his time on Wearside – joined Sunderland from Sydney in 2006

- Former Manchester United star helped Sunderland to promotion in 2007, and then was part of the side which secured safety in the Premier League

John MacPhail

John MacPhail

- Made 62 appearances for Sunderland, scoring six times

- Left the club in 2009, and now works as a pundit for Sky Sports

58. Phil Bardsley (Pictured)

- Full-back joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2008 for a fee potentially rising to £2m

Dariusz Kubicki

Dariusz Kubicki

- Helped the Black Cats remain in the Premier League throughout his time on Wearside, despite falling out of favour under Paolo Di Canio

- Was a key part of the team which reached the final of the 2013-14 League Cup, and scored a crucial goal in the second leg of the semi-final against Man United

- Made 200 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 11 times

- Left the club in 2014 to join Stoke City on a free transfer

57. John MacPhail (Pictured)

- Defender joined Sunderland from Bristol City in 1987

- Quickly became a regular, winning promotion from the third tier in his first season, while his penalty taking helped him score 16 goals in that campaign

- Was part of the team which won promotion to the top flight in 1990, but played just once after promotion

- Made 153 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 22 times

- Left the club in 1990 to join Hartlepool United

56. Dariusz Kubicki (Pictured)

- Right-back joined Sunderland on loan from Aston Villa in 1993, with the move made permanent in 1994

- Polish international was a crowd favourite at Sunderland, and was a key member of the team which won promotion to the Premier League in 1996 – he was named in the PFA’s Team of the Year for that season

- Fell one game short of breaking George Mulhall’s post-war record of 125 consecutive appearances

- Made 150 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

- Left the club in 1997 to join Wolverhampton Wanderers, and later went on to play for Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United and Darlington before managing a host of clubs in his homeland

Our panel also selected a top 10 – but the order of those players will be up to Echo readers, who can vote for who they believe is the greatest signing in the club’s post-war history.

We’ll reveal the top 10 in a couple of weeks, and you will be able to vote either online or by text.

You can also tweet your views on the countdown by using the hashtag #SAFC100.

The countdown:

* Click here for 100-96 - including Phil Gray.

* Click here for 95-91 - including Steven Fletcher.

* Click here for 90-86 - including David Connolly.

* Click here for 85-81 - including Alex Chamberlain.

* Click here for 80-76 - including Fred Hall.

* Click here for 75-71 - including Mart Poom.

* Click here for 70-66 - including Alex Rae.

* Click here for 65-61 - including Eric Gates.