Halford’s on his bike, coming our way

Tasmin Archer fans will just have to wait a little. Salut! Sunderland feels duty bound to extend a warm welcome to Greg Halford, Roy Keane’s first summer signing and one that fills the heart with hope.

He’s 22, stands 6ft 5in and cost our moneyed Irish friends £3m from Reading. But he will be remembered by many at the Stadium of Light for his excellent performance in Colchester’s colours against us last season.

As a right back, he fits a slot vacated by the return to Man Utd of Danny Simpson and represents a great start to the team strengthening we all knew was necessary if we are to re-establish ourselves in the Premiership.

There is room for improvement in most areas, but Keano is sensible to start at the back – though a glace at Halford’s record shows he is a useful goalcorer, too.

The rumour mill is working overtime – frankly I’d be disappointed otherwise – and we have been linked with any number of other players.

Two strikers who each made an impact last season, Preston’s David Nugent and David Healy of Leeds, are among our supposed targets (Nugent is reportedly the subject of a bid worth £6m plus or including Stern John, with PNE holding out for Stephen Elliott instead).

If we do go for Nugent, I think we have to be honest and say that while John made some striking contributions to the promotion campaign, and Elliott has always seemed a player of great potential, we could afford to let either go. John could not expect to be more than squad player in the Premiership while Elliott has struggled against injuries and may benefit from a new challenge elsewhere.

For now, though, let’s quietly applaud Keane’s first positive act of the close season and wait, with some excitement, for further announcements.

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  1. Colin Randall June 13, 2007 at 7:52 am #

    Richard Archer, the Colchester fan who took the photo found at the invaluable Flickr site and used with the above piece replied as follows to my customary after-the-event request for permission:
    “It maybe worth pointing out, that the photo was snapped whilst Greg and the rest of the team were in the studio recording a charity single (Stand up for Col U!) So he’s actually trying to sing in the shot, rather than trying to look like an Goldfish/idiot.
    btw. Congratulations on getting up (again!) hopefully Keano will work his magic and you won’t be coming back to the “Layerdrome” anytime soon.
    I was up at Sunderland for Col U – stayed in a nice little B&B on Roker sea front, nice place and nice people – effing cold though 😉
    Can’t for the life of me work out why you’d give all that up to live in France ;-)”

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