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Santiago Vergini made no secret of the fact that he was buzzing to be back on Wearside after returning to Sunderland on a season-long loan deal in August 2014.
The Argentinian defender, who has been capped once by the 2014 World Cup finalists, returned to the Stadium of Light for a second spell having spent the latter stages of the 2013-14 season on loan with the Black Cats.
Vergini, 26, made 14 appearances during the 2013-14 campaign, and added further versatility to Gus Poyet’s backline following the signings of Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt.
In total he made 37 appearances in all competitions during the 2014-15 season.
Born in Rosario, Argentina, Santiago has been capped three times by his country and began his career in Paraguay with Olimpia.
He had a spell in Europe with Italian side Verona before moving back to Rosario to join Newell's Old Boys in 2011, making a total of 78 league appearances for the club.
Santiago joined Estudiantes in 2013 and played 13 league games before opting to move back to Europe with Sunderland.