Leeds sign Bridcutt from Sunderland, Buckley returns

Date published: Thursday 26th November 2015 12:19 - Rob Conlon

Liam Bridcutt: Midfielder yet to feature in first-team this term

Steve Evans has made his first signing as Leeds United boss after the club confirmed Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt has joined on loan.

Leeds have been chasing Bridcutt for almost a month and have managed to beat off competition from Cardiff and Reading to secure the 26-year-old.

At one stage the deal looked to have been scuppered but the Scotland international is delighted to have the chance to play first-team football after falling out of favour at the Stadium of Light.

“This is a great opportunity for me to get some games,” he said.

“I’ve been speaking to the manager and he’s given me a great opportunity to come and play for a brilliant club.

“It’s been on and off for the last few weeks now. I’ve had a few other options, but from speaking to the manager he’s given me the confidence to come here and show what I can do.

“When the manager shows so much interest in you and puts so much faith in you, you always want to repay that with your performances. That is one of the main reasons why I have come here.

“He’s given me a good opportunity to come and play and hopefully I can do that.”

Winger Will Buckley, meanwhile, has returned to Wearside after being recalled from his loan spell at Elland Road.

Buckley only made one start for the Whites, appearing a further three times from the bench, but has not featured since last month.

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