Former Wigan defender Reece James has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Sunderland, confirmed by the club website.

Reece James arrives at Sunderland following a three-year spell with Wigan, he has helped the club win two Sky Bet League One titles.

The 24-year-old managed to make 28 appearances for Wigan during the 2017-18 campaign, as Paul Cook’s side beat rivals Blackburn Rovers to the League One title and completed an instant return to the Sky Bet Championship.

This is Jack Ross’ sixth player he’s brought to the Stadium of Light, joining Alim Ozturk, Jon McLaughlin, Chris Maguire, Tom Flanagan and also Dylan McGeouch, the highly-sought after midfielder arrives at the Stadium of Light following the expiration of his contract with Hibernian.

This is a shrewd piece of business as the left-back has real quality and is proven to be a real asset in League One.

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James began his career with Rossendale United and enjoyed spells with Blackburn and Preston North End before signing for Manchester United in July 2012.

Manager’s thoughts –

Sunderland manager Jack Ross said: “Reece played a big part in Wigan’s promotion last year and he has good pedigree from his time with Manchester United earlier in his career.

“He’s another new signing who is at a good age, and he’s very good in the final third which will be a big for us next season as we try to get our full-backs high up the park.

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“He’s another good addition and I think it’s exciting to see that we’re trying to build something.”

Player’s thoughts –


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