New signings excite Cats boss

Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan joined the Black Cats on a free

transfer on Friday following the earlier arrivals of Ahmed

Elmohamady, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Ji Dong-won, Keiren

Westwood, Sebastian Larsson, Wes Brown and John O’Shea. Bruce says

he could hardly be more pleased with Sunderland’s acquisitions

ahead of the new season. He told the club’s official website: “The

balance of the squad looks very healthy. “We lost six players from

the squad and we knew we were going to have to be busy in the

transfer market. To bring in nine players is unbelievable when you

see what most other teams have done. “I’m delighted with what we

have done during the summer. The phone has been hot and the

transfers we have got over the line are terrific.” The fact that

Bruce has made such an impact so early means the new arrivals will

get a full pre-season under their belts on Wearside, and that too

is a source of satisfaction for the manager. He said: “We have

added the players now, so we can work with them all throughout

pre-season. “I’m very pleased with what we have done. There have

been no other clubs as busy as us and I’m looking forward to the

season starting.”