Ireland international in spotlight.
Kevin Kilbane was brought to Wearside by Peter Reid in December 1999.
Sunderland paid £2.5m for the left winger, making him the third most expensive club signing at the time.
His impact was quite literally immediate; coming off the bench on his debut against Southampton at the Stadium of Light to set up the winner for Kevin Phillips.
The midfielder spent four years with the Black Cats during which time he made 116 appearances in a red and white shirt, grabbing eight goals, before leaving on transfer deadline day in August 2003.
He went on to have spells with Everton, Wigan, Hull, Huddersfield and Derby and Coventry City, before retiring in 2012.
Kilbane remains the Republic of Ireland's third most capped player with 110 international games under his belt, third behind only Robbie Keane and Shay Given.