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Celustka determined to make his mark on Wearside
SUNDERLAND have completed their tenth signing of the summer with manager Paolo Di Canio finally signing a recognised right-back in Czech Republic Under-21 international Ondrej Celustka.
The 23-year-old has joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan deal from Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.
It brings to an end Di Canio's long search for a right-back, having seen several a move break down for Gino Peruzzi last month.
Sunderland have been desperate to sign a natural right-back after Di Canio revealed Phil Bardsley was not in his plans for the new season, but the Black Cats boss remains in the market for a left-back.
Di Canio has sounded out Jack Colback, who has played in the position on a number of occasions before, as a possible full-back, but it is understood he would still prefer to bring in a recognised left-back before the transfer window closes on September 2.
Celustka, who spent two year in Turkey following a spell in Italy with Palermo, admits the motivation to play in the Premier League was too good to turn down.
"I'm very happy to be here and I hope we will be successful. I will do my maximum for my team," he said.
"It's a big motivation to play in the Premier League. It's the best league in the world and a lot of people are watching it. Of course, I would like to show what I can do, but I would like to be ready for the team.
"It's good for me that Paolo is from Italy because I was there and he will be a great motivator. From the first moment I saw him, I knew he would be a great coach."
Sunderland's development squad began their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Academy of Light thanks to Jordan Laidler's second half strike.
But there were injuries suffered by Lee Cattermole and Bardsley, who are both yet to find a club after being told they had no future on Wearside.
Sunderland: Dixon, Marrs, Ferguson, Cattermole (Agnew, 45), Harrison, Bardsley (McNamee, 45), Watmore, Gorrin, Laidler, Knott (Honeyman, 65), Mitchell.
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