Sunderland send strong statement of intent with Chris Rigg deal

Chris Rigg has signed his fist three year professional contract with Sunderland
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Signing Chris Rigg on a three-year deal is a big statement from Sunderland. There was talk of Premier League clubs showing an interest, including Manchester United.

But the arrival of Regis Le Bris has obviously brought some much-needed stability to the club and Rigg obviously felt comfortable in putting pen to paper. He says he has been dying to sign for a year and it’s no coincidence that not long after Le Bris joined, the deal was concluded.

The local lad has decided to establish himself with the Championship club and you could see on his face how delighted he is to have secured his mid-term future. Let’s face it, Rigg is just 17. What benefit would it have been to him to waltz off to Manchester United or wherever, and not got in the team?

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Absolutely none from the player’s point of view. He seems to be grounded which is good to see in a youngster. He recognises he is already with a huge club and he obviously loves his life while developing as a player and why wouldn’t he?

As far as the club are concerned, they have plenty of time to cash in on Rigg and he will no doubt command a much bigger fee in the future if he continues on his upward trajectory. Already an England youth international captain, he will benefit hugely from the input from Le Bris who specialises in developing young players.

The new boss will be delighted he has the chance to work with Rigg and other players might now look at that situation and believe in what the club are aiming to do next term.

It might just help sway the minds of a couple of other players that may be subject of transfer interest. It bodes well for the club and it’s great to have some positivity after the gloom of the last few months.