In many circles the name Dylan McGeouch may not register much of a ripple. When ALS first broke the news that his signing was all but done, I began to look into his history. To be honest I doubted that he would be signing for us. ALS have never really been one for clickbait though, so you have to sit up and take notice when they mention potential signings.
Why was I doubting? Well for starters Neil Lennon was still hoping to hang on to him at Hibs. Why would he turn his back on European football to drop to League One? We can all say what we think of Scottish football but you cannot say that playing the SPL and Europa League is a smaller platform than League One.
Secondly, I saw the clubs that were linked with him. Rangers, Aberdeen, Blackburn and QPR. He could have played for one of the big two in Scotland. He chose League One. He could have joined a resurgent Aberdeen. He chose League One. He could have played Championship football with Blackburn. He chose League One. He could have moved to London and played in the Championship. He chose League One.
Yes, he has had his injury problems in years gone by but an injury free season under his belt will make many embrace amnesia. Boro were prepared to pay a substantial fee for McNair based on a couple of months of being injury free. Players have crossroads in their lives on a regular basis, McGeouch has chosen the signpost marked Wearside. Why he did that is perhaps the most significant part of the recent renaissance at the Stadium of Light. Seats may turn from pink to red, agents can be given short shrift, twitter can form a board to fan communication channel but unless you can get players to buy into the ambition you have nothing.
That is why I am excited about our latest signing. He turned down the easy route where he could potentially have made more money. Dylan McGeouch chose Sunderland above all of that and there is no logical reason why he should have beyond buying into the dream. Dylan McGeouch believes that the club represents his best chance of making a name for himself and cementing his place in a Scotland squad he was called up to in May this year. This signing is the most significant of the close season to date not because of the player himself but because the dream is selling.