Sunderland completed the signing of Glenn Loovens on Friday, and fans are delighted to add some leadership to their defence.
Nous and experience goes a hell of a long way in the lower leagues, and Sunderland have added to their long list of summer signings with 34 year-old Loovens.
The 6 ft 2 centre back has two Netherlands caps, and has spent the last five years with Sheffield Wednesday. His contract ran out this summer, allowing Sunderland to swoop in on a free transfer.
He captained the Owls for four seasons, making 131 league appearances during his successful stint at Hillsborough.
Jack Ross has already added to his squad in several key areas this summer as the Black Cats look to mount an immediate promotion charge, but the centre back department was looking a little weak.
The surprise signing of Loovens will certainly help here, and will add plenty of leadership on and off the pitch.
Either way, you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Decent signing and a good bit experience which we are lacking.
— Chris (@cbrown_1985) July 20, 2018
Good solid signing for league 1 haway the lads 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️
— Paul Lauder (@paullauder1983) July 20, 2018
Couple of years younger than JOS and probably on a hell of a lot less in wages. Experienced and a bit of a unit. Good footballing brain. I mean, we should be happy with that. We’re in league 1 people. Show some LOOV.
— Jonny McCartney (@jonnyhoth) July 20, 2018
Canny signing that
— Jed Collins (@CollinsJed) July 20, 2018
Exactly the type of player we need in our squad. Like it
— James Tweddell (@Jamestweddell) July 20, 2018
So looks like him or honey man will be our new captin
— 🏴 (@SupremeOzturk) July 20, 2018
Tremendous signing. Class act.
— Chris Brammer (@ChrisBramms) July 20, 2018