Leeds United have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland on a two-year deal.
The 27-year-old, who came through the youth system at Chelsea and has two caps for Scotland, played 27 times while on loan at Elland Road last season and was on the shortlist for the club’s Player of the Season award.
Bridcutt had been the club’s top transfer target, and becomes Garry Monk’s eighth signing as he tries to build a squad capable of promotion.
Monk said: “I’m very happy to get the deal done. Liam brings a wealth of experience, a good level of quality to the group and something that we need.
“He has that bit of leadership and personality that will help the group. I’m very pleased to have him through the door – I know what he’s capable of.”
The midfielder enjoyed his most successful time in the Championship while at Brighton, being part of the side that came fourth in 2013 and being named the club’s Player of the Season, but left to join reunite with Gus Poyet at Sunderland.
He cost the Black Cats £3million but went on to make just 30 appearances for the Premier League club as they struggled against relegation.
Bridcutt said: “It feels good to be back. It’s been a long time coming but now I’m really glad to be here and I’m just looking forward to playing football again.
“I enjoyed myself here last season. The boys made feel very welcome and it’s a club I’ve enjoyed playing for.
“Every time I run out for Leeds I’ll give 110% and I’ll aim to get better each week. I just can’t wait to get back out onto the pitch.”
Bridcutt can’t play in tonight’s clash against Fulham, but will be available for selection when the Whites take on Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
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