Well, there are those who might argue with that description of Sunderland AFC. But that what SAFC is to us.
And we are delighted to be able to pass on the official news that the deal bringing Jermain Defoe to the Stadium of Light has been sealed. He is now a Sunderland player, signed on a three-and-a-half year deal.
SAFC.com quotes the 32-year-old striker as saying: “I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it”
And poor old Jozy Altidore moves back across the Atlantic, back to the MLS, where he started his career, replacing Defoe at Toronto FC.
Head coach Gus Poyet expressed his delight at the completion of the deal: “I am thrilled that Jermain is a Sunderland player.
“I know all about his attributes and his qualities first-hand and his exceptional goal-scoring record speaks for itself. He has something different, something special.
“We know each other very well – he was very young when we played together and I was coming to the end of my career, so I know him from inside the pitch.
“When I returned to Spurs as a coach it was a great experience for me to work with him, so I am really looking forward to having him as my player now and for him to be part of our team.
“I would also like to thank Jozy as his begins his career at his new club. It is a fresh start for him and we wish him well.”
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