North East UK news Bailey Wright on rejoining Sunderland, Phil Parkinson's influence and his recovery from injury MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Bailey Wright gave his first interview after joining Sunderland permanently, speaking to the new Sunderland AFC podcast SAFC Unfiltered

North East UK news Bailey Wright on rejoining Sunderland, Phil Parkinson's influence and his recovery from injury MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Bailey Wright gave his first interview after joining Sunderland permanently, speaking to the new Sunderland AFC podcast SAFC Unfiltered

North East UK news  Bailey Wright on rejoining Sunderland, Phil Parkinson's influence and his recovery from injury MetiNews.Com
02 August 2020 - 17:08

Breaking News ! Bailey Wright is delighted to finally secure his permanent move to Sunderland, and has credited manager Phil Parkinson with his decision to come. The experienced centre-back made his loan move a permanent one this summer having impressed in his five appearances last season. And speaking after his long-mooted move to the Stadium of Light was confirmed on Sunday, Wright couldn't hide his relief. Wright told the club podcast SAFC Unfiltered: "It feels good. It's nice to finally get it done after what has been an interesting few months, so I'm delighted to get it done and get back to start pre-season. "I knew when I arrived back in January on loan that the possibility was there to impress and make it a permanent switch. So I knew I just had to do my best to be successful on the pitch and see what happened from there. "Talks didn't start until the season was finished in the way that it was, because that's when everyone started planning for next season. "Those talks have been going on for a little while now, but I'm glad we've got there in the end. I'm buzzing." He continued of his first spell on Wearside last season: "From the moment I arrived at the club in January I had a special feeling about it. Arriving, seeing the size of it and then the welcome I was given, you felt a real sense of importance coming here. "I just felt part of something really important, and now I want to help the club get back to where it belongs and bring success on the pitch. "The fan base we have is one of the best. Not just in Sunderland, but around the world, we have supporters everywhere. "Now we just have to do the business on the pitch for them." Read More Related Articles Sunderland sign Bailey Wright on a permanent deal after successful loan spell last term Read More Related Articles The key stats that show why Sunderland made Bailey Wright's loan a permanent move An Australian international who captained Bristol City in the Championship, some might see securing the 28-year-old on a two-year deal as somewhat of a coup - particularly given how impressive he looked during his short loan spell on Wearside. In just five appearances, Sunderland kept four clean sheets, with Wright displaying his natural leadership qualities at the heart of Parkinson's three-man defence. And the defender said the manager was a big factor in his decision to pick Sunderland. "I really enjoyed playing for Sunderland, " he continued. "I've always enjoyed playing in a three-at-the-back system. "I spoke to the gaffer when he wanted to bring me in in January, he made clear he saw me at the heart of a three, and a massive part of me wanting to come here was the manager and the system. "I only played five games, but I just loved the feeling I got at the club and from the people around the place. Read More Related Articles The Sunderland players who face a big pre-season as they look to make an impression Read More Related Articles Sunderland fans delighted after Black Cats secure the permanent signing of Bailey Wright "I only worked with Parkinson a short while, but I played against his sides a lot before that and I always liked the structures of his teams - always hard-working and honest. He expects his players to give everything on the pitch. "I certainly felt like we had that culture last season, so I'm excited to get a full pre-season with the lads, and be able to build for a complete season that I'm feeling very confident about." Wright's initial spell at the club came to a premature end as he suffered ankle ligament damage in the victory at Oxford in February. After an operation, Wright revealed that he was on track to be back in time to finish the campaign, prior to it being suspended, and then ultimately curtailed. On his injury, and recovery, he updated: "I've kept myself busy from when lockdown started. I was in the middle of rehabbing from the injury I suffered at Oxford. So that was a bit of a challenge thrown at me.

. I would have been ready for that had we made it. "But from then I just kept myself busy. I've actually been doing a personal training degree from home just to keep myself sane. Sunderland's Bailey Wright (R) and Jordan Willis (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) "I've just given myself a structure and a plan each day to make sure I have a focus. "My aim was to get back fit before the season finished before this all happened. I was on track to be back for the last two games of the season, which probably would have been big games for us. "I had to have an operation on the injury, and we were looking at about 10-12 weeks out. I followed all the physio and I was looking at being back in 10 weeks. But by ten weeks all I could do was run on a field. There was no proper training or going and kicking someone to give it a proper test. "It threw its challenges because once lockdown began I couldn't go and see a physio anymore, and a lot of it was then done over a phone. I just had to trust myself on where I was at, but sometimes it's nice to have that second opinion because you don't want to put 10-12 weeks of hard work in only to find out you're way off in what you're doing. "But fortunately, with modern technology as it is, I was able to still get plenty of help from the physios at both Sunderland and Bristol City." Sign up for our Sunderland newsletter for takeover and transfer updates Why should you sign up? The ownership situation a Sunderland has been the talk of Wearside in recent weeks, with Stewart Donald in talks over selling the club to an as-yet-unnamed bidder By signing up to our twice daily newsletter, you'll get all the latest news on the bid - and all things red-and-white - straight to your inbox. We'll also send out special newsletters with any breaking transfers news. How do you sign up? It's really easy and only takes a few seconds. Just click on this link to our newsletter sign up form and select SAFC - all you have to do is enter your email address and you're all done. If you decide to unsubscribe at any stage, simply follow the unsubscribe link on any of our newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. With the season curtailed, Sunderland ended up missing out on the play-offs due to their points-per-game ratio. And while that decision frustrated Wright and Sunderland fans alike, the Australian is only looking ahead for what he feels will be an exciting and successful campaign. "It was frustrating. There's so many ways you can look at it, both right and wrong. But, to be fair, this has never happened before. "So as frustrating as it was for us - because there's genuinely no doubt in my mind that we would have gone on to be promoted - it was difficult in such uncertain circumstances. "A decision had to be made one way or the other, and you were never going to please everyone. We just unfortunately on the poor end of that decision. "But now we've got to move on. We can't dwell on it. We've got to look towards next season and we have an opportunity now. We want to have a successful season and there's no reason why we can't."

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North East UK news Bailey Wright on rejoining Sunderland, Phil Parkinson's influence and his recovery from injury MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Bailey Wright on rejoining Sunderland, Phil Parkinson's influence and his recovery from injury MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Bailey Wright on rejoining Sunderland, Phil Parkinson's influence and his recovery from injury MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Bailey Wright on rejoining Sunderland, Phil Parkinson's influence and his recovery from injury MetiNews.Com

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