Bruce benefits from Jordan sale

The Black Cats offloaded the England U21 midfielder to Liverpool,

bringing in around £16million. The funds generated from that

deal, added to the £24million sale of Darren Bent to Aston

Villa in January, has handed Bruce a healthy summer transfer kitty.

He has set about putting that money to good use, with Sunderland

having drafted in nine fresh faces during the current transfer

window. Bruce admits he would rather not have had to part with his

prized assets, but feels his squad is in better shape now than it

was at the end of the 2010/11 campaign. “We were all saddened by

the loss of Jordan,” he said. “But sometimes in football, if it

happens and it’s the right price – and you can better your squad –

then you have to make a sacrifice. “We have used the money wisely,

investing it in making the team and the club stronger and better.

“The sale of Jordan has enabled us to bring in nine new players

over the summer – and I don’t think we’re finished yet.”