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Blackburn Rovers Sign Sunderland Defender Matt Kilgallon

Rovers complete signing of experienced defender.

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Blackburn Rovers have completed the free transfer of Sunderland centre back Matt Kilgallon, Sky Sports reports.

The 29-year-old has fallen foul of Paolo Di Canio’s revamping of the squad, though his impact on the side was largely arbitrary anyhow. In three years at the Stadium of Light he made just 23 appearances, spending the bulk of that time on loan with the likes of Doncaster Rovers and Middlesbrough.

However, new Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer expressed his delight at being able to add the former England under-21 international to his ranks ahead of the forthcoming season.

“He’s left-sided and has the ability to play in a couple of positions for us, both at centre-back and at left-back,” Bowyer said.

“He will bring a lot of experience from playing in the Premier League and in the Championship.”

Kilgallon made his debut during Leeds United’s fateful final season in the Premier League back in 2004 and began to establish himself in the first team during the following season in the second tier.

After making 80 appearances for Leeds he moved on to Sheffield United in 2007 or a fee of £2 million. He became a key firgure in the Blades’ rise to the Premier League but once again failed to feature heavily in the Premier League. He made over 100 appearances for United during a three year spell.

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