Scottish midfielder in the spotlight.
Alex Rae spent five years on Wearside, racking up 136 appearances and scoring 15 goals in the process.
Rae signed for the Black Cats from Millwall in August 1996 for £1m after impressing in a six-year stay at The Den which saw him win a place in the PFA Division One XI as well as topping the club’s scoring charts in three consecutive seasons.
He had begun his career in his native Scotland with Falkirk prior to his time with Millwall and by the time of his move to Roker Park in 1996 Rae had already racked up over 300 league appearances.
The Scottish ‘B’ international played 25 times during the 1996-97 season, including 15 starts as the Black Cats were relegated from the top flight.
The following campaign proved more fruitful for Rae as he made 35 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals as Sunderland lost out in the play-off final to Charlton Athletic.
A knee ligament injury forced Rae to miss the majority of the 1998-99 championship-winning campaign; he was restricted to just 18 appearances over the course of the season, scoring two goals in the 7-0 romp against Oxford United in September 1998.
Rae was back for the 1999-00 Premiership campaign under Peter Reid making 30 appearances in all competitions and adding three goals as the Black Cats finished seventh.
The Glasgow-born midfielder made 25 appearances in his final campaign on Wearside, scoring in a win over Everton and also a 1-0 victory at Charlton Athletic.
He joined Wolves at the start of the 2001-02 campaign and won the Player of the Season award in his first season at Molineux.
After making over 100 league appearances for Wolves, Rae returned to Glasgow to join Rangers where he won the Scottish Premier League title.
And, after a player-coach spell with Dundee and the MK Dons, Rae went into coaching and is currently assistant manager to Paul Ince at Blackpool.