PDC: Celustka is ready

by Stuart Vose

Di Canio delighted with new summer signing.

Paolo Di Canio says Ondrej Celustka is “ready” after adding the Czech defender to his squad ahead of the new season.

Celustka completed a season-long loan move from Trabzonspor on Monday ahead of this weekend’s first league game against Fulham at the Stadium of Light.

The 24-year-old has represented his country at U21 level and joins the Black Cats following a successful stay in Turkey.

And Di Canio is pleased with his new acquisition’s level of readiness, with Celustka already having played four Europa League qualifying games for Trabzonspor this summer.

“It’s very good,” the Italian said of the signing. “Ondrej is a versatile player who can play at either right-back or left-back.

“He is intelligent, very aggressive, an athlete. Also, he is ready, having played four qualifying games in the Europa League.

“Ondrej’s attitude and approach are amazing – he is a real professional and a very good signing for us. I am happy for him.”