Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keane Makes an Immediate Impact

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keane Makes an Immediate Impact

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Byline: By James Hunter

Roy keane wasted no time in making his mark at Sunderland as he brought in six players in deals worth pounds 4.7m on transfer deadline day.

The new Black Cats boss has played alongside all six, either in club football or at international level.

Striker Dwight Yorke was the highest-profile capture, signing from Australian side Sydney FC for pounds 200,000, while the most expensive was Wigan frontman David Connolly, who cost an initial pounds 1.4m with another pounds 500,000 payable depending on appearances and promotion.

Centre-back Stanislav Varga rejoined Sunderland from Celtic three-and-a-half years after leaving Wearside for Parkhead, while left winger Ross Wallace ( who can operate at left-back ( also arrived from the Scottish side. Varga and Wallace joined in a joint deal worth pounds 1.1m.

Keane also spent pounds 500,000 on Wigan midfielder Graham Kavanagh and signed Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller on a free transfer.

Yorke and Varga have both signed two-year deals, while Kavanagh, Connolly, Miller and Wallace have signed three-year contracts.

Connolly, Kavanagh and Miller all played for the Republic of Ireland with Keane, while Varga and Wallace were at Celtic with him and both Yorke and Miller were his team-mates at Manchester United.

Keane was looking to add experience to his squad and he has done that, signing Yorke at 34, Varga at 33 and Kavanagh at 32.

Connolly is 29, while Miller is 25 and Scotland Under-21 international Wallace is 21.

Yorke played for Trinidad & Tobago in this summer's World Cup in Germany, and Sydney manager Terry Butcher ( a former Sunderland boss ( was sorry to see him go.

Butcher said: "It's sad to see Dwight leave.

"He is a great player and a tremendous personality to have in the team and he has worked very hard since I came to Sydney to be in shape to play. …

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