Edwards eyes top flight
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carlos Edwards has set his sights on the Premiership after his move to Sunderland.
Carlos Edwards has set his sights firmly on the Premiership after his £1.5million move to Sunderland.
The 28-year-old Trinidad and Tobago midfielder goes straight into the squad for Saturday's tough FA Cup third round tie at Preston following his switch from Luton this week.
"It is most footballers' dream to play in the Premiership and I am at a club that will be going places," Edwards said.
"I took this opportunity because the club speaks volumes for itself. We have a great bunch of players and staff also, and hopefully they can get the best out of the players.
"I needed a change and I wanted a change, and I was coming to a club that will be going places.
"Hopefully at the end of this season, we will be in the Premiership and we can just go from strength to strength."
The Black Cats are 10th in the Championship, three points adrift of the play-off places, but former Wrexham winger Edwards admitted manager Roy Keane's ambition to move up was a major factor in his decision to head to Wearside.
He added: "With Roy Keane being the manager of Sunderland, it did not take me a split-second to accept the offer.
"It was the ideal thing, it was the first thing. He is a younger manager who has been places and won things that most players have not even dreamt of winning.
"That had a big part to play. I could not refuse the opportunity of coming back up to the north to sign for Sunderland."
Keane was satisfied to have landed one of his major targets within days of the transfer window opening and is confident the newcomer, an international team-mate of Dwight Yorke, will plug a gap in his squad.
"We have been looking out for players and trying to get players in the right position because I have had to chop and change a lot," Keane said.
"I have been looking for somebody to play wide right who has an attacking ability and Carlos came to mind.
"We have had him watched and he played up here a couple of weeks ago. Dwight Yorke spoke kindly of him and we are delighted to get him and delighted to get him so early as well in the transfer window."
Edwards' arrival was followed by 19-year-old Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, who has moved to The Stadium of Light on loan until the end of the season.
However, hopes that right-back Phil Bardsley may be about to join The Black Cats appear to be receding with Keane saying: "The longer it goes on, the more you get worried., but we have put a good offer to him and if he accepts it, well and good, I will be delighted. If not, then life goes on and I wish him well."