Steven Fletcher

Fletcher 'delighted' with move

by Stuart Vose

New boy can't wait to get going.

New Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher can't wait to hit the goal trail after completing his switch from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Scotland international has scored 36 goals in 106 appearances in England since joining Burnley from Scottish Premier League side Hibernian three years ago.

And now the powerful front-man hopes to fire his new club to success during his time with the Black Cats.

Fletcher has signed a four-year contract on Wearside and could be involved against Reading at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

"I'm delighted and relieved to be here," he told SAFC TV after sealing the deal. "It's taken a while but I'm glad it's finally done. 

"When you come to the training ground and the Stadium of Light it obviously shows how big the club is. I've played here a few times, and the atmosphere is always good; I can't fault it.

"It's obviously one of the main things for me, playing Premier League football, especially at a big club like Sunderland. This definitely feels like the next step.

"I'm going to try and bring goals if I can and we'll hopefully win a few games."

He added: “I had a great relationship with all the players at Wolves, we're good friends. 

“The fans were always great to me too and I wish them all the best. Hopefully they can get back up to the Premier League.” 

During his time in Scotland, Fletcher saw first-hand the successful impact of Martin O'Neill's management, and has been impressed with his new boss's plans for Sunderland.

He added: "I used to watch Celtic when I was in Scotland and no one has said a bad thing about him, they've always praised him.

"He's had success wherever he has been and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"When I met him for the first time I knew moving to Sunderland was the right thing for me and my career at this time.

"The signings he's brought in are very positive, in addition to the squad we've already got. I watched training yesterday and the boys look very sharp.

"So hopefully we can have a good season, for me personally and the club."