Sunderland have added another up-and-coming player to their ranks ahead of next season with the signing of Luke O’Nien, who arrives on the back of an incredibly successful spell with fellow League One side Wycombe Wanderers.
O’Nien - who was released as a youngster by Watford - has firmly established himself as a fan favourite at Adams Park over the years, and it would be fair to say that the club and their fans are absolutely devastated to be losing a man who many of them believe is their best player.
The 23-year old had a stand out season in League Two last year, with nine goals and four assists from midfield as Wycombe were promoted to League One after finishing third.
O’Nien only had one year remaining on his contract at Adams Park and had been attracting the attention of Luton Town but Sunderland swooped and got in there ahead of them, with the prospect of being able to play at such a huge club the main reason for why O’Nien opted to jump at the chance to play his football on Wearside.
After his release from Watford in 2015, he signed for Wycombe later that summer after a successful trial with the Chairboys - making 119 appearances in all competitions for Gareth Ainsworth’s side.
Gareth Ainsworth speaks openly of his “immense pride” ahead of @LukeONien’s imminent departure to #SAFC, and says the search for his replacement starts now. pic.twitter.com/zcvTfYlkAR— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) July 27, 2018