Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vaughan Can Be a Silent Assassin

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vaughan Can Be a Silent Assassin

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Byline: Mark Douglas

MIDFIELD ace David Vaughan intends to be Sunderland's silent assassin next season - insisting he is happy to let his football to speak for him next term.

Vaughan was the quiet success of Blackpool's eventful Premier League campaign, sweeping the board at the Bloomfield Park player of the season awards while midfield colleague Charlie Adam hogged the limelight.

While others might have objected to the lack of credit coming his way, shy and retiring Vaughan remains refreshingly ego-free and determined to stay out of the spotlight for anything but his performances. It is an approach that the Wales midfielder struggled to maintain over the summer as a three-way battle for his services raged between the Black Cats, former club Blackpool and West Brom.

But now he is bedded in at the Stadium of Light, Vaughan is happy to take a back seat while other new arrivals - like the out-going Craig Gardner or former Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O'Shea - take some of the spotlight.

He said: "It''s been a little bit stressful this summer leaving Blackpool and making a decision on where I wanted to play this season so I''m glad it''s all sorted out. I had one or two options but nothing concrete on the table but I''m pleased to be here.

"The main reason for leaving Blackpool was to stay in the Premier League. I didn''t really want to leave but being relegated made my decision for me to stay in the PL was what I wanted to do."

"I think I had a good season last year. I know Charlie Adam was the player everyone was talking about but it doesn''t really bother me, he''s a good player in his own right and deserves the attention he gets.

"I like to stay under the radar, that suits me. I don''t want to get too much involved in the papers so him getting the limelight suited me to be honest. …

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