Sunderland approach the imminent Barclays Premier League season having had, arguably, the most fruitful transfer window up until this point of any side in the top flight, having added no fewer than eight names to the squad during the closed-season.
Perhaps the most surprising of Steve Bruce’s signings was the double capture of experienced Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O'Shea, who will provide the Black Cats boss with a welcome selection dilemma come August 13.
And Sunderland centre back Michael Turner has welcomed extra competition for places in the defensive department, stating it can only be a benefit during the new campaign.
"There's huge competition throughout the whole team, which is a good thing," he said. "It helps individuals to perform better in order to keep their place in the team.
"Everyone's pleased pre-season's finished now - it's dragged on a bit because we just want to get cracking with the Premier League.
"I've had a couple of niggles in pre-season which has been disappointing, but I've featured in most training sessions and only missed a couple of games. Personally I feel fit and just want to get going now, like the rest of the boys."
Meanwhile, David Meyler has been impressed by Bruce's transfer dealings thus far, and with the acquisition of O'Shea in particular, with the Irishman already having an impact at the Stadium of Light.
"John is a big signing for us," Meyler said. "He's got a lot of experience and is already looking after the young lads and having a massive influence on them.
"He's a great lad and a fantastic player - he wouldn't have played for Manchester United for that long if he wasn't. We're thrilled to have him here.
"It's great to have someone of that calibre coming in. John is a leader and a winner too, having been in so many winning teams with Manchester United.
"Hopefully he can bring a bit of that here and we can push on and have a successful season."
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