Sunderland AFC have made there first signing of this January transfer window, in the form of centre back Matthew Kilgallon from Sheffield United.
After turning down Championship side Newcastle United, Kilgallon felt he wanted to progress his career and not side step it, by opting to play in England's top fight league. Rumours that Everton where signing the centre back in the forth coming summer transfer window, but cash strapped Sheffield United accepted Sunderland's offer now rather than hanging on.
Matthew Shaun Kilgallon came through the ranks at Leeds United making his senior debut in the 2002-03 season. Going on loan the following season to West Ham United also earning a place at international level with England under 21's. Going back to Leeds United, Kilgallon fought his way in to becoming a first team regular for the following four seasons.
On the 8th January 2007 he signed for Sheffield United, but did not make his debut until March because of injury. Kilgallon drifted in and out of the first team until the sacking of Neil Warnock, which provided a breath of fresh air for the young defender. Given chances with the first team, and putting some excellent performances in for Sheffield, he forced his way in to the first team quickly gaining himself a fan favourite status playing in both the centre back and left back roles. These outstanding performances where backed up last season by being voted Player of the season.
Matthew Kilgallon has signed a 3 year deal, at an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of 1.7 to 2 million pounds.