Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes he's made a signing for the future after securing the services of Irish winger James McClean.
The 22-year-old has moved to the Stadium of Light for a guaranteed £350,000, with additional add-ons potentially making the deal a lucrative one for Derry City.
Whilst Bruce doesn't see the youngster immediately challenging for a first team spot, he's confident McClean will be able to improve in the development squad
"I would say to the supporters that we're putting something there for the future. We can't expect James to walk into the Premier League and be an instant success," the manager told official Sunderland website.
"He might do, but in my mind he's going to be another David Meyler. We'll let him settle in and if he does as well as David did when he came into the team, then great.
"We're trying to build the nucleus of a young development side, and [summer signing from Arsenal] Roarie Deacon comes into that category too."
McClean himself has described the Barclays Premier League move as a dream, with the speedster joining international colleague John O'Shea at the Black Cats.
Whilst the speedster recognises that the move from the Irish league to the English top flight is a big one though, he's still hopeful of making an impact and establishing himself over time on Wearside.
"It feels great to be a player at a massive club. I grew up dreaming of playing in the Premier League and now I have that chance. It's a challenge I'm really looking forward to," he told SAFC TV.
"The facilities are superb. It's a great feeling to be here and I'm just looking forward to getting settled in over here. Having players like John O'Shea here - he is a massive name - will help me to settle in. He came over and did well so hopefully I can too.
"I know it's a big step for me but I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'll do my best to improve and then establish myself. I'm over the moon to have a chance at playing in the top flight. Every young player dreams about playing at the highest level and I'm no different."
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