Done deal: O'Brien signs for Sunderland

Sunderland AFC are delighted to announce the signing of Aiden O’Brien.

The 26-year-old striker becomes Phil Parkinson’s first new recruit ahead of the 2020-21 season, moving to Wearside on a two-year deal after leaving Millwall in June following a nine-year stay in South East London.

O’Brien scored 15 goals for the Lions as they earned promotion to the second tier in 2017, while also racking up over 100 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship during his time at the Den.

The striker’s form in the capital also led to international recognition with the Republic of Ireland, with O’Brien scoring one goal in his four appearances to date.

Prior to breaking into Millwall’s first-team, the 26-year-old enjoyed loan spells with Staines Town, Hayes and Yeading United, Crawley Town, Aldershot Town and Torquay United.

After sealing a move to the Stadium of Light, O’Brien said: “It feels terrific to be a Sunderland player. This is a massive club and I just can’t wait to get going. I love scoring goals, it’s what I live for and hopefully I can bring plenty to the team. I can’t express how excited I am, and I can’t wait to show the fans and my team-mates what I’m made of.”

Manager Phil Parkinson added: “I’m really pleased with the signing of Aiden. He’s at a good age, he has experience of winning this division and he has played plenty of Championship football. Aiden can also play in a variety of attacking roles, which I feel is important for us. We are delighted to welcome him to the club and we are looking forward to working with him.”

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