Johnson hails O’Neill factor
The England winger signed a four-year contract with the Black
Cats on Friday after struggling to secure a regular starting spot
during his time at Manchester City.
The former Middlesbrough youngster was also linked with the
likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, but explained why he
plumped for the Stadium of Light.
“It feels fantastic [to be here],” he told the club’s official
website. “I was born here and there have been rumours in the past
about me coming here.
“It’s great to have signed and it’s a fresh start.
“Coming back to the North East and Martin O’Neill were the two
main factors, especially the gaffer and listening to what he had to
say to me.
“He made it clear just how much he wanted me to come here. To
know that and feel wanted and appreciated made me feel that it was
the right choice to sign.
“He knows exactly what he wants from his players and from me
personally. Hopefully he’ll give me plenty of confidence as
O’Neill, who has also added Steven Fletcher to his squad,
labelled the capture of Johnson as a ‘real coup’ for Sunderland due
to the competition for his signature.
The Black Cats boss said: “To get Adam, it’s really, really big
news for us, big news. It’s a real coup.
“He’s a fantastic footballer and he’s really exciting. I just
think if he stays clear of serious injury, he will be great for us,
“I am pleased he has chosen to come here because at Manchester
City, he might not have been playing all the time there and maybe
it seemed as if he might be leaving.
“But to come to us instead of a number of other teams who were
definitely in for him, I was just very, very pleased, pleased for