Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Jack Baldwin for an undisclosed fee.
Signing from Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United, the defender has penned a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
The 25-year-old will further bolster Jack Ross’ backline, joining fellow defensive recruits Tom Flanagan, Alim Ozturk, Reece James and Glenn Loovens on Wearside.
Baldwin has a wealth of Football League experience and he’s also played in the north east, having turned out for Hartlepool United prior to a move to Peterborough in 2014.
Speaking about his arrival, the Sunderland manager said: “Everybody knew we were looking to strengthen again in this area of the pitch and now we’re comfortable with where we’re at in terms of central defensive options.
“Jack is proven in this league and he’s at a good age with his best years ahead of him, and he has a hunger to improve and do well.”
He added: “He sees this as a big opportunity and has the core attributes we have been looking for.”
The defender made his Football League debut in 2011 against Colchester United, regularly featuring for Pools as they clinched a 13th-place finish in the third tier.
After making over 80 appearances for the north-east club, Baldwin moved to London Road in January 2014 for an initial fee of £500,000.
The defender has gone to make 116 appearances for Peterborough, captaining the club throughout the 2017-18 season, during which he made 43 appearances in all competitions.