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Friday 09 August 2013

On this day in 2011: McClean signs for Sunderland

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the winger moving to the Stadium of Light

  • James McClean scored seven goals in 59 League appearances for Sunderland rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 9 August 2011: James McClean joins Sunderland

Sunderland signed Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean from Derry City.

The 22-year-old winger became manager Steve Bruce's 10th summer signing, after the arrivals of Ahmed Elmohamady, Ji Dong-Won, Keiren Westwood, Sebastian Larsson, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Wes Brown, John O'Shea and David Vaughan. 

"James is an outstanding young talent and has rightly attracted interest from a number of clubs over the summer so we're very pleased that he sees his future at Sunderland," Bruce said. "I'm delighted with what we've been able to do over the summer. We've the makings of a very good squad and James will now have every chance to come here and make that next step in his career."

McClean made his Barclays Premier League debut in December and scored his first goal against Wigan Athletic a month later. He went to appear a total of 59 times across the past two campaigns before he moved to the Latics this week.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Sunderland signing James McClean from Derry City