Saturday, 25th August, 2012
Sunderland have snapped up winger Adam Johnson from Manchester City and the England international is relishing the chance to play for the Black Cats.
The 25-year-old has penned a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and joins the club for an undisclosed fee.
Johnson had slipped down the pecking order under Roberto Mancini at the English champions and is now relishing his chance to start a new chapter in his career with the Black Cats.
"I was born here and there have been rumours in the past about me coming here", the Englishman told Sunderland’s official website.
"It’s great to have signed and it’s a fresh start", he added.
"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 well."
Johnson started his career at Middlesbrough, impressing for the north east team before being snapped up by Manchester City in 2010.
The winger is thought to have cost Sunderland around £10M.