Kevin Phillips has hailed Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson after the League One club re-signed striker Danny Graham from Blackburn Rovers.

The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 35-year-old has returned to Wearside because “he wants to prove people wrong”.

The club confirmed on Monday that Graham, who spent three years at the club between 2013 and 2016, had signed a one-year deal after Football Insider revealed that an agreement had been agreed with Blackburn Rovers.

Graham, who scored on his debut for the Black Cats on Tuesday, grabbed four goals in 38 Championship appearances last season.

Phillips believes the goal against Aston Villa’s Under-21s in the EFL Trophy will stand the player in good stead this year.

“I think it is a really smart signing,” he toldΒ Football Insider.

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“It was a difficult time for him when he was there previously and it did not go the way he liked but credit for the player wanting to come back. He wants co come back and prove people wrong.

“I watched him last year and he scored a few goals. The big thing for him is that he got off the mark during the week against Villa. I think he will be a good signing in League One.

” He is a hustler, a bustler and he gets in clever positions. It is now up to Sunderland to create chances and that was an area they struggled in last season.

“For him to get off the mark during the week will give him confidence. A very shrewd signing from Phil Parkinson.”

When speaking to the club’s media shortly after he arrived, Graham said: “It’s been in the pipeline for a number of weeks now, so I’m delighted the deal is done and it feels great to be here.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.”

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