Turner - Bruce a big factor
Michael Turner has revealed Steve Bruce was a major factor in his decision to move to Sunderland.
Last Updated: 01/09/09 8:37am
Michael Turner has revealed he is 'over the moon' to have joined Sunderland and admits Steve Bruce was a major factor in his decision to move to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have snapped up the defender from Hull City for an undisclosed fee, with Turner signing a four-year contract on Wearside.
The 25-year-old had been linked with several Premier League clubs during the summer, but admits the chance to play under Bruce persuaded him to leave Hull.
"A lot of things attracted me to Sunderland, the facilities, the stadium, the fan base," Turner told the club's official website.
"But a big factor was the manager. Steve Bruce is a proven manager in my position as a player and hopefully he can add to my game.
"He has a real pedigree and did a great job at Wigan.
"Now he's come to the Stadium of Light and brought in some exciting players. I'm delighted to join that group.
"I'm over the moon to be here and get everything tied up. As soon as I knew of their interest there was only one place I wanted to go.
"With the deadline coming up it all happened quite quickly after I found out Sunderland were interested. I am pleased to be here.
"I have played at the Stadium of Light two or three times and it is an unbelievable place with a great atmosphere. It is one of my favourites.
"The signings which have already been made show Sunderland want to move in the right direction and I want to be part of that."