Lee Burge can’t wait to start writing the next chapter of his career following his move to Sunderland this afternoon. 

The stopper put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday afternoon, becoming Jack Ross’ second signing of the summer following Conor McLaughlin’s arrival on Monday. 

Calling time on his 15-year stay at Coventry City, where he rose through the academy ranks, the 26-year-old is itching to begin a fresh challenge and he believes Sunderland ticks all the boxes.

“I am buzzing to have signed for Sunderland and I just can’t wait to get going,” he said.

“It has been very interesting to get up here and see the facilities. Sunderland is a club that can offer me everything I want, and the stature of the club is incredible.

“It is unbelievable and the facilities here at the Academy of Light are exactly the reason you want to get into football for.

“You want to be training at the best places and playing at the best places and this is by far the best place.

“It was a very tough decision to leave Coventry. We look a lot of time over the decision, my family and I, and we just thought it was the right time for a new challenge.”

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