Midfielder Liam Bridcutt has spoken of his delight at being back at Leeds United after his move for an undisclosed fee from Sunderland was finally confirmed today.
The 27-year-old was a regular first teamer in a loan spell with the Whites last season and after finding himself not part of the management plans at Sunderland has now agreed a settlement with the club on the last year of his contract as well as personal terms with Leeds.
He has put pen to paper on a two-year deal and has become Garry Monk’s ninth signing of the summer.
He told the United website: “It feels good to be back.
“It’s been a long time coming but now I’m really glad to be here and I’m just looking forward to playing football again.
“I enjoyed myself here last season. The boys made feel very welcome and it’s a club I’ve enjoyed playing for.
“I was very happy here and there was a persistence from Leeds this summer which made me feel wanted - and that’s always a good thing.
“The fans were also a key aspect of me signing here again. They were brilliant with me last year – I felt like I connected with Leeds as soon as I came here and it was a team I wanted to play for.
“Every time I run out for Leeds I’ll give 110 per cent and I’ll aim to get better each week. I just can’t wait to get back out onto the pitch.”
United head coach Monk is pleased to have finally got his man after Leeds were linked with Bridcutt all summer.
He said: “When I first came into the club, I analysed all the games from last season and Liam contributed really well.
“I’m very happy to get the deal done. Liam brings a wealth of experience, a good level of quality to the group and something that we need.
“He has that bit of leadership and personality that will help the group. I’m very pleased to have him through the door - I know what he’s capable of.”
Bridcutt’s signing has come too late for him to play in tonight’s Championship match at home to Fulham, but he will be in contention to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this Saturday.