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Wednesday 28 May 2014

Jones agrees to join Sunderland from West Brom

27-year-old defender excited at prospect of helping Sunderland 'kick on up the League' next season

Billy Jones will move to Sunderland after three seasons at West Bromwich Albion

Defender Billy Jones has agreed to join Sunderland on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion at the start of July.

"I knew I was signing for a massive club with everything in place to kick on up the league"
Billy Jones

The 27-year-old, who has made 66 Barclays Premier League appearances in his three seasons at West Brom since moving to The Hawthorns from Preston North End, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal that begins on 1 July.

"I'm really happy to be here and I'm looking forward to getting back for pre-season and kicking on," Jones told the club's website. "I've played at the Stadium of Light a number of times so I know what it's about and what great backing the club has.

"I've come to the training ground today and it's amazing. I knew I was signing for a massive club with everything in place to kick on up the league and carry on moving forward."

The versatile defender began his career with Crewe Alexandra, rising through their academy to play more than 130 times for the club. He then moved to Preston North End, spending four years at Deepdale.

Jones' arrival on Wearside comes five days Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley agreed to leave the Black Cats to join Stoke City.

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Key Points

  • Sunderland sign defender Billy Jones on a free transfer
  • The 27-year-old will join Black Cats when his West Brom contract expires at the end of June
  • Jones has agreed four-year deal with Gus Poyet's side