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Cats confirm Vaughan capture

Midfielder pens three-year deal at the Stadium of Light

Vaughan: The ninth arrival of a busy summer at the Stadium of Light

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Sunderland have completed the signing of Wales international David Vaughan on a free transfer.

Steve Bruce moved for the midfielder after seeing his contract at Blackpool expire and, as revealed by skysports.com, he has now penned a three-year deal with the Black Cats.

He becomes the ninth arrival of a busy summer at the Stadium of Light, with Keiren Westwood, Sebastian Larsson, Ji Dong-Won, Craig Gardner, Connor Wickham, Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Ahmed Elmohamady having already been snapped up.

Vaughan will help to provide further competition for places, as Sunderland attempt to become an established top-half side in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old proved he has what it takes to compete at the highest level with Blackpool last season, with a number of stand-out displays marking him out as one of the most consistent performers in the top flight.

Valuable assets

Bruce certainly feels that he has acquired a player who will benefit his side, with Vaughan a player of considerable experience and talent.

He told the club's official website: "David was excellent throughout last season, including both games against us, so it's only natural that he caught the attention of a number of top clubs.

"We're delighted that he sees his future at Sunderland.

"His experience, grit and energy in midfield will be valuable assets to us and we're looking forward to him joining up with the squad for pre-season training."