LAWRENCE JOINS SUNDERLAND
BLACK CATS POUNCE FOR LAWRENCE
by James Pearson, skysports.com
Sunderland have disappointed a number of clubs after snapping-up Liam Lawrence from Mansfield Town.
The out-of-contract midfielder had interested Leeds, Cardiff, Crewe and Rotherham, however he has opted to join The Black Cats.
The 22-year-old, who can play anywhere in midfield, caught the eye of a number of sides following an impressive 22-goal haul last term.
With manager Mick McCarthy axing a number of first team regulars in the summer after failing in the play-offs, the former Ireland boss was keen to strengthen.
"I'm absolutely over the moon to join Sunderland," explained Lawrence to the club's official website.
"It's a great chance for me to move up two divisions and show people what I can do.
"I've played mainly on the right for Mansfield. I like to play in the centre and I can play on the left.
"I'm not an out and out winger and I've not got blistering pace but I'm good with the ball and can link up with the midfield and forwards."
Lawrence Signing Confirmed
readytogo.net : Independent Sunderland AFC
The club today confirmed they have signed Mansfield Town midfielder Liam Lawrence on a 1-year contract, which will commence 1st July 2004.
The winger, who is out of contract with Mansfield at the end of the month, also has an option in his deal allowing the Club to extend for a further 2-years.
Manager Mick McCarthy said: “We've signed a good young player, full of potential. I'm delighted we've got him, he scored 22 goals last season which is an impressive achievement, I'm sure he'll do well for us.”
Lawrence underwent minor knee surgery during the close season and the procedure was a complete success. He is expected to start pre-season preparations with his new teammates however is unlikely to feature in Sunderland's early pre-season matches.
Liam said: “I'm absolutely over the moon to join Sunderland. It's a great chance for me to move up two divisions and show people what I can do.”
Lawrence is an attacking midfielder and was the Stags top scorer last season with 22 goals in all competitions.
Date of Birth: 14-12-81
Place of Birth: Worksop
Picture of Liam in Sunderland kit here -->
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