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Halford seals Wolves switch

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Wolves have completed the signing of Sunderland utility man Greg Halford for an undisclosed fee.

Halford has signed a three-year deal - with an option for a further 12 months - at Molineux to become the promoted club's third new recruit in four days following the captures of Kevin Doyle and Andrew Surman.

The 24-year-old joined Sunderland in 2007 from Reading for £3million but failed to settle on Wearside and was subsequently loaned out to Charlton and Sheffield United.

"I'm really excited about moving down to Wolves," Halford told Wolves' official website, www.wolves.co.uk, after completing the deal.

"It is going to be an exciting season for the club going into the Premier League and hopefully we can push on and establish ourselves in the division.

"Wolves are obviously a big club and the infrastructure is all there.

"There's a great training ground, great stadium and a large fanbase and all the plans are in place for Wolves to really establish themselves."

Halford scored the winner in the play-off semi-final against Preston which took Sheffield United to Wembley but the Blades' loss to Burnley effectively ended any hopes the South Yorkshire side had of luring him to Bramall Lane on a permanent deal. Wolves immediately stepped in and Halford did not hesitate to link up with manager Mick McCarthy.

"I know there has been interest from Wolves for a while and apparently a call went in not long after the play-off final," he added.

"It always plays a big part when a manager shows how much he wants you to join and obviously I'd also heard a lot of good things about him from other people."

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Sunderland
Reading
Football
Premier League
Kevin Doyle
Preston North End
Greg Halford
Sheffield United
Andrew Surman
Wolverhampton Wanderers
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