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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 August 2005, 07:31 GMT 08:31 UK
Sunderland sign defender Stubbs
Alan Stubbs
Stubbs brings a wealth of experience to Sunderland
Sunderland have signed defender Alan Stubbs on a one-year contract, with an option for a further year, following his release by Everton.

The 33-year-old ex-Bolton and Celtic star helped Everton reach the Champions League last season and is boss Mick McCarthy's seventh summer signing.

"He has leadership skills. A player of his quality will be a great asset to us," McCarthy told the club website.

"You need characters like him around, I'm delighted we have brought him in."

Stubbs, who played nearly 40 games for Everton last season and only left the club because they would not offer him the two-year deal he wanted, said he was excited by the prospect of playing for a new club.

"I'm very happy to have signed for Sunderland and am looking forward to the season and the challenge ahead," he said.

"I know Sunderland have some good players but they have a young squad and hopefully my experience will help them."

Tommy Miller, Martin Woods, Jon Stead, Daryl Murphy, Kelvin Davis and Nyron Nosworthy have already moved to the Stadium of Light this summer, but McCarthy has failed in several bids to bring in another striker.

But reports in France suggest Liverpool's Anthony Le Tallec could be joining on a one-year loan deal.

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