Done Deal: Corry Evans joins SAFC

Sunderland AFC is delighted to announce the signing of Corry Evans.

The midfielder has put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light, with a club option of a further year.

A Northern Ireland international, Evans arrives on Wearside after an eight-year tenure with Blackburn Rovers, during which time the 30-year-old made over 200 appearances.

Like older brother Jonny, who enjoyed two successful loan spells at SAFC between 2006 and 2008, Evans was moulded within Manchester United’s esteemed academy and he was named in the senior squad for the first time in May 2009.

He spent time on loan with Carlisle United and Hull City before moving to the MKM Stadium on a permanent basis in January 2011, with a move to Blackburn Rovers coming to fruition in August 2013.

Evans spent seven of his eight seasons at Ewood Park playing Sky Bet Championship football, whilst also helping Rovers earn promotion from League One during the 2017-18 campaign. 

Born in Belfast, Evans has earned 65 caps for his country to date, including three at Euro 2016 as Northern Ireland reached the knockout stages of the competition.

Following his move to the North East, Evans said: “I’m delighted to have joined Sunderland. I spoke to the Head Coach and was impressed with the way he discussed his style of play and coming to look at the training ground convinced me that this was a great place to play football. From experience, I know that League One isn’t easy to get out of – it’s all about consistency and getting it right, so I’m excited to get going.”

Lee Johnson added: “Corry is an established international and he comes in to anchor, and be the glue in, our midfield. He carries out a special role and it’s something that we’ve needed – we obviously lost a very good one in Grant Leadbitter, but we have been able to replace him with a long-standing international. He will make other players around him better and his maturity, experience and game-understanding will really set him apart.”

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