Red & Wyke: Striker signs for Sunderland

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Charlie Wyke for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old striker joins from Bradford City ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, and becomes Jack Ross’ eleventh summer recruit.

Born in Middlesbrough, Wyke is one of Sky Bet League One’s most prolific strikers, having bagged 23 goals and 13 assists in 62 appearances for the Bantams.

16 of those came last season as the club finished 11th in the third tier, but his game is about far more than goals and his all-round play makes him a force to be reckoned with.

Speaking about the move, Wyke admitted he can’t wait to get started: “I’m delighted to get it over the line so that I can concentrate on my football again.

“It’s a massive club, and coming from the north east, I know exactly how much it means to people.

“The one thing that everybody wants here is promotion, so we have to get that and win as many games as we can.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

Wyke started his career at the Riverside Stadium, progressing through the ranks and scoring regularly at every level before earning a professional contract.

The striker continued his development with loan spells at Kettering Town, Hartlepool United and AFC Wimbledon, with a permanent move to Carlisle United coming to fruition in 2015.

He notched 39 times in 89 appearances during an 18-month spell at Brunton Park, and he’s continued his fine form throughout his time at Valley Parade.

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