SUNDERLAND have confirmed the loan signing of Bailey Wright from Bristol City.

The Australian defender has moved to the Stadium of Light for the remainder of the campaign, having spent the last two-and-a-half seasons at Ashton Gate.

The 27-year-old, who earned promotion from League One with Preston prior to joining Bristol City, has made more than 100 Championship appearances with his current permanent employers, many of which saw him wear the captain's armband.

Capped 24 times by Australia, Wright was part of the Socceroos’ squad for the 2014 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup.

“We are delighted to welcome Bailey to the club," said Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson. "He is an experienced player and he has captained Bristol City. We are looking forward to working with him.

"He adds competition at the back, which is something I felt we needed, and he is an excellent character. He will be a valuable addition to the group."

Wright, who is available to make his Sunderland debut in Friday's home game with Doncaster Rovers, added: "I’m delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to getting to work. 

"I’ve played League One football before and I’ve been promoted, so I understand the qualities required to succeed at this level. I’ve had a few chats with the manager, and I want to be a part of what he’s building."