Date: 22nd January 2008 at 6:37pm
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Phil Bardsley has become a Sunderland player.

The young full-back who’s spent six months on loan at Sheffield United has signed a three-and-a-half year deal. It means Roy Keane can now field an entire ex-United defence, lining up Bardsley, Evans, McShane and Higginbotham.

‘We needed to strengthen our defence and Phil is a good addition to the squad,’ Roy Keane simply said while Bardsley enthused that Sunderland are a fantastic club with a fantastic manager.

Phil was supposed to be promising but failed to turn out to be the next Gary Neville, making only 18 appearances. The deal that takes him to the Stadium of Light could reach £2m which is good money, in my opinion.

Good luck Phil!