Sunderland capture former Baggies ace

Sunderland have secured the signing of former West Bromwich Albion defender Billy Jones.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the Hawthorns this summer and the Black Cats have acted quickly to bring him to the Stadium of Light.

Jones has signed a four-year deal on Wearside and admits he is looking forward to a new chapter in his career.

He told BT Sport: “I’m really happy to be here and I’m looking forward to getting back for pre-season and kicking on.

“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.”

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Gus Poyet’s first summer signing is expected to one of several as he attempts to rebuild a squad that was so quickly thrown together by former boss Paolo Di Canio who bought 14 players last summer, most of which had little or no experience of English football.