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Arsenal defender Ballard makes Sunderland move after zero Gunners appearances

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ARSENAL youngster Daniel Ballard has completed a move to Sunderland.

The defender, 22, has signed a three-year deal – with the option of an extra year – with the recently promoted Black Cats.

He spent last season on loan at Millwall where he made 33 appearances, impressing Sunderland boss Alex Neil.

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Ballard, who failed to make a senior appearance for the Gunners, has spent time on loan at Swindon and Blackpool.

Upon signing he told Sunderland’s official website: “It feels amazing to be here and I’m extremely happy.

“The fanbase and size of this football club speaks for itself and having been up here to have a look around, it feels like an exciting place to be.

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“Supporters can expect to see a player who loves defending and tackling.

“I’m more of a traditional centre-half and I want to add those qualities to the team, while also bringing something a little extra.”

Ballard had been poised to join Burnley after completing a medical – but failed to agree terms with the Clarets.

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That opened up the chance for Sunderland to pounce and Neil is delighted to have snapped up the centre-back.

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He said of Ballard: “He fits the bill and he also knows what it takes to win, sampling success with Blackpool in the play-offs before having a year under his belt [in the second tier] with Millwall last season.

“We are really pleased to get this deal over the line.”

Source: The Sun

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