PHOTO: Coates poses in Sunderland shirt for first time

New Sunderland centre-back Sebastian Coates was all smiles upon completing his season-long loan switch from Liverpool.

Defender Sebastian Coates has been pictured in a Sunderland shirt for the first team since sealing his season-long loan switch from Liverpool.

The 23-year-old Uruguayan has struggled to make his mark at Anfield since joining from boyhood club Nacional in August 2011, appearing in just 12 Premier League games over the past three season, while battling injuries at the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

He would, however, regain his form and fitness during a loan spell at his former club in the second half of last term, demonstrating enough improvement to earn a spot on the Celeste World Cup squad, while going on to impress on Liverpool's pre-season tour of the USA.

Nevertheless, with new £20 million signing Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtl, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure all ahead of him in the pecking order, a move elsewhere for the 2014-15 season at least seemed to be on the cards for some time.

Linking up with compatriot Gus Poyet at the Stadium of Light, the once-highly-rated centre-back becomes the Black Cats' eight summer signing, following in the footsteps of Will Buckley, Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Costel Pantillimon, Jack Rodwell, Patrick van Aanholt and returning loanee Santiago Vergini.

In addition, while attempts to bring fellow Liverpool man Fabio Borini back on a permanent deal look set to come up short, the club have managed to secure Argentine playmaker Ricky Alvarez on a season-long loan from Inter Milan to make it nine total additions over the summer.

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