Jimmy Dunne has explained why he joined Sunderland from Burnley, in quotes reported by The Sunderland Echo.
The 21-year-old completed a loan move to the Stadium of Light during the January transfer window.
Dunne spent the first half of the season in the Scottish Premiership, playing for Hearts.
The centre-back played 14 times for the SPFL side in all competitions but is now in League One as the Black Cats attempt to gain promotion to the Championship.
And Dunne says that Phil Bardsley, who spent six years at the club, had a key role in selling Sunderland to him.
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“Phil Bardsley did talk to me about the club,” Dunne told The Sunderland Echo. “How highly he rates it, how much he enjoyed his time here.
“That was certainly something I listened to and enjoyed listening to.
“It’s not just the size of the club, it’s the pressure and expectation that comes with that. It’s got a huge history, and being part of something potentially amazing, you want that.”
Sunderland desperately need hungry young talent as they seek to get back into the Championship.
They are currently fourth in the table, nine points behind leaders Luton Town, but they do have three games in hand.
Win those and they will be level on points with the current pace-setters and Dunne will hope to play a major role in that.
He started his career with Manchester United and has clearly had the exact right attitude drilled into him – he is desperate to get better and desperate to win.
If that desire transmits to his team-mates, Sunderland will be in excellent shape.