Stopper to stay on.

Last updated : 02 August 2017 By Daryl Baker

Sunderland have this evening announced the signing of Dutch goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter.  The 30 year old has signed a two-year deal on a free transfer following on from a successful trial.

Ruiter will be in direct competition with Jason Steele to be first choice keeper, Steele who himself only signed a week ago.  The pair have replaced local lad Jordan Pickford and Italian Vito Mannone.

Ruiter who impressed Sunderland’s coaching staff, performing in pre-season friendlies against Bradford and Scunthorpe.

Ruiter said on his official unveiling, “I’m very pleased to be here because I had a great couple of days training with the team and played some good games, so I really wanted to sign and pleased I’m finally a Sunderland player.

“From the moment I stepped through the door everything was so professional. It’s such a big club and for me it was always a dream to play in England, so if a club like Sunderland comes and asks if you want to sign it’s a big chance.”