'Best outcome' Kristjaan Speakman responds to Sunderland transfer question

Sunderland sporting director Kristjaan Speakman
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Sporting director Kristjaan Speakman has explained that Sunderland’s first transfer deal of the summer was “best for all parties.” The Black Cats have allowed Alex Bass to join League Two Notts County and the keeper has signed a three-year deal with the Meadow Lane outfit for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old made only two cup appearances for Sunderland after joining them from Portsmouth in the summer of 2022. Bass spent the majority of his time in the North East supporting regular Anthony Patterson and he spent last season on loan in League Two with AFC Wimbledon, keeping 17 clean sheets in 48 appearances across all competitions.

Speakman told the club’s website: “Alex had a successful loan last season and he is eager to continue playing regular football moving forward. After discussing multiple options heading into the summer – considering Alex’s future and the continued development of our younger goalkeepers – we agreed this move was the best outcome for all parties. All at SAFC wish Alex the best of luck in the next stage of his career.”

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Richard Montague, who sits on Notts County’s board and leads on recruitment, told the County website: “We believe Alex was the best-performing goalkeeper in League Two last season – and rank him very highly among his peers in League One – so we’re absolutely delighted to welcome him to Meadow Lane.

“Along with fellow new defensive signings Matty Platt and Jacob Bedeau, he’s a commanding presence who we feel will give us a huge advantage in dealing with the threats we struggled against in 2023-24. He’s also a fantastic shot-stopper, backed up by the fact he kept 16 clean sheets last season, and a player who we believe has a lot to offer on the ball, which is so crucial to the way we play.

"Alex is another signing who, at 26, brings considerable EFL experience while also having the peak of his career ahead of him.”
Bass explained his decision to move away from Sunderland on County’s website and said: “The pull of the club [Notts County], everything that’s going on, it was a really appealing thing for me and I’m delighted to be here.

“I had a good season last year [at Wimbledon], I think they wanted a bit of stability after the season they’d had before and I think we did that. We just missed out on the play-offs which was a real shame, but on a personal note I felt like I had a really good season and so hopefully I can kick on again now.”