Done Deal: SAFC sign Alex Pritchard

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Alex Pritchard.

The 28-year-old has signed a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light and becomes the club’s first new signing ahead of 2021-22 campaign.

Pritchard moves to Wearside following a three-and-a-half-year spell at Huddersfield Town, during which he made 44 Premier League appearances.

Born in Essex, the attacking midfielder started his professional career with Tottenham Hotspur and he made his top-flight debut for the London-based club on the final day of the 2013-14 season.

Pritchard also enjoyed a batch of highly successful loan spells during his time at White Hart Lane, featuring for Peterborough United, Swindon Town, Brentford and West Bromwich Albion.

After being named in the 2014-15 PFA Championship Team of the Year following his exploits at Griffin Park, a brief spell the Hawthorns preceded a permanent move to Norwich City.

Pritchard scored seven goals in 38 Sky Bet Championship appearances for the Canaries before ending an 18-month tenure at Carrow Road and sealing a PL return with Huddersfield Town in January 2017.

Capped nine times at England Under-21 level, Pritchard said: “It’s great to be here and it’s another good opportunity for me on the football road, so I’m ready to get going. There were other offers out there, but it’s crucial for me to be with a Head Coach that knows me as a player, and as a person, and has a playing style that suits me. The club speaks for itself – you see the stadium, the training ground, the fans – and I just think this could be a great fit.”

Lee Johnson added: “We are absolutely delighted to bring in a player of Alex’s pedigree because it’s not often that you get the opportunity to sign a player of this quality in League One. It’s our job to wrap around him to make sure he can be the best he can possibly be, but he’s made a lot of sacrifices to come to Sunderland and I think that shows a great desire to play for the fans, for me and for the club.”



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