Trinidadian takes Wednesday's spotlight
Trinidad and Tobago international Carlos Edwards joined the Black Cats in January 2007 after an impressive start to life in British football with Wrexham and Luton.
Deployed as an out and out right winger, Edwards’ pace and quality lit up the Stadium of Light on occasions – most memorably his late winner against Burnley which confirmed the Black Cats’ promotion to the top flight.
He bagged five goals in his first 16 games inside five months on Wearside; in which time he experienced only two defeats in a red and white shirt.
Edwards’ first season in the top-flight was plagued by injury and he would make only 13 appearances as Sunderland secured their top-flight status.
After multiple additions were made by Roy Keane at the start of the 2008-09 campaign, Edwards went out on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers to gain some match fitness.
On his return to Wearside, Edwards found opportunities more frequent under new boss Ricky Sbragia, though 16 of his 26 appearances were from the bench.
The following campaign Steve Bruce allowed Edwards to leave the Stadium of Light to join Ipswich Town.
The Trinidadian is now approaching his fifth season in Suffolk and he has made 173 appearances during that time.
His performances have continued to improve and he was awarded Players’ Player of the Year award during the 2011-12 season.