Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: 'Dream Deal' at Cats for Carlos

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: 'Dream Deal' at Cats for Carlos

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

CARLOS Edwards has revealed it was a split-second decision to move to Sunderland after declaring he could not turn down a move to the biggest club in the Championship.

Edwards became Roy Keane's most expensive signing as Sunderland manager at pounds 1.5m earlier this week and the Trinidad and Tobago international was gushing in his praise of the club he has joined.

The winger was one of the most sought after players outside of the Premiership following some excellent performances at the World Cup last summer, but the former Luton Town star insisted the Black Cats are the ideal club for him.

At 28, Edwards is a relatively late developer having spent five years at Wrexham - where he attracted the interest of former Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson - but he is confident he will blossom under Keane at a club he believes belongs in the top flight. "I am looking forward to starting and getting playing," said Edwards, who is expected to go straight into the starting line-up against Preston in the FA Cup Third Round tomorrow. "Three weeks ago I got a call from Dwight (Yorke) saying the club were interested and the manager wanted to sign me.

"It took me a split second to make up my mind and from there they showed more interest. I needed a change and wanted a change at a club going places and, hopefully, at the end of the season it will be in the Premiership.

"Most footballers dream to play in the Premiership. I am at a club that can do that and I took that opportunity. The size of the club speaks volumes for itself. Moving here was the ideal thing. The manager has been places and won things most players have not even dreamt of winning. I had no hesitation in coming up north to sign for Sunderland and the manager had a big part to play."

Keane has made no secret of his desire to add more pace to his side after complaining the squad he inherited lacked the speed to turn, and get in behind, resolute defences. …

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