Bruce vital to Bramble transfer

08 September 2010 12:03
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has said the lure of working with manager Steve Bruce was a key factor in his summer move from Wigan Athletic.Bramble, 29, lists rivals Newcastle among his former clubs but was prepared to risk a negative response from fans to be reunited with his former mentor. [LNB]"He's great, I love working with him," Bramble told BBC Newcastle. [LNB]"It did cross my mind that I was ex-Newcastle United, but there was no doubt, I jumped at the chance." [LNB]The gamble taken by the former England Under-21 international in joining Sunderland for £1m appears to have paid off, given his performances in the Black Cats side so far this season. [LNB]In four appearances for the club so far, Bramble has helped the club to two wins and a draw, including a 1-0 victory over Premier League title challengers Manchester City. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB] "The fans have been fantastic to me, so that's made my life back in the North East much easier," Bramble added. [LNB]"You don't know what kind of response you're going to get being an ex-Geordie, but even when I went to Portugal to meet the rest of the lads, the fans were fantastic with me. [LNB]"It was a massive boost of confidence, I thought there would be a few boos, but they've been fantastic to me."

Source: BBC_Sport