Kyle Lafferty has admitted he feels ‘blessed’ to have been given the chance to play for Sunderland. 

The 32-year-old striker put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season on Friday, becoming Phil Parkinson’s first signing. 

On Monday, the former Glasgow Rangers man settled into his new surroundings at the Academy of Light before catching up with to talk about the move.

“I am excited to sign for Sunderland because it is probably the biggest club I have played for in England,” he said. 

“I know what it takes to play for a team like this. I said when Sunderland approached me that I would’ve come here at 21. 

“I feel blessed and excited to get the opportunity to come here at the age of 32."

He continued: “It doesn’t come down to a manager’s words because it’s Sunderland. 

“It is a massive club. I know I keep repeating it but it is a massive club.

“The things the manager said, the way he wants to play and how he sees me fitting in is all nice to hear, but I am 32 years of age and I have the chance to play for this football club. 

“I am excited so it was a no brainer for me.”

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