Arrival: Declan John arrives on loan

Wales international Declan John has joined Sunderland AFC on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season.

The wing back, who has represented his country on seven occasions, joins from Sky Bet Championship side Swansea City and becomes the club’s fourth signing of the January window.

John, 24, started his career with Cardiff City and made over 50 appearances for the Bluebirds, progressing through the ranks before going on to feature in the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship.

Six months after joining on loan, he sealed a permanent switch to Glasgow Rangers in January 2018, returning to Wales ahead of the 2019-20 season and signing a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.

The 24-year-old made his international debut in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in October 2013.

Upon joining the club, John said: “I’m delighted to get the deal done and to have joined a club of such stature. Sunderland has a rich history and the fan base speaks for itself. When a club like this comes calling, you don’t say no.

“I’m looking forward to working under the manager and I believe it’s a system that will suit me down to the ground. I want to play as many games as possible and help the club have a successful season.”

After sealing a fourth deal of the January window, Phil Parkinson said: “I’m pleased to welcome Declan to the club. He’s another good addition to the squad and provides added depth in an area of the pitch we have been working to strengthen.

“Unfortunately he’s unavailable this weekend, but we look forward to him joining the squad next week.”

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