Welcome: Stewart signs for Sunderland

Sunderland AFC is delighted to announce the signing of Ross Stewart for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

The striker has penned an initial two-and-a-half-year deal at the Stadium of Light, with the club having an option for a further year, as he arrives from Scottish Premiership side Ross County.

Stewart becomes SAFC’s fourth signing of the January transfer window following the additions of Carl Winchester, Jake Vokins and Jordan Jones.

The 24-year-old joined Ross County in August 2018 and helped fire the Staggies to the Scottish Championship title and the Scottish Challenge Cup during his first season at Victoria Park.

Following County’s promotion to Scotland’s top-flight, Ross scored 11 goals and contributed a further three assists in 26 appearances during the 2019-20 season.

Born in North Ayrshire, the forward represented Ardeer Thistle, Kilwinning Rangers, Albion Rovers and St Mirren prior to joining the Dingwall-based side, whilst also spending time on loan at Alloa Athletic.

After moving to Wearside, Stewart said: “I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. When the opportunity came to come to Sunderland, I just wanted to get it done as soon as I could. I will give one hundred percent in every game; I’m a very committed and hard-working player, and as a striker, hopefully I can bring a lot of goals to the club as well.”

Head Coach Lee Johnson added: “I think Ross is a player that will be great for us in the short term, but he can also develop and improve over the long term. He’s at a good age, he’s very fit and quick, and he obviously has good height as well, so he has all attributes to succeed. We are very pleased to welcome him to the club.”

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