‘He loves a mistake’, ‘Scapegoated’ – Fans react as former Sunderland man bags L1 deal

Bristol Rovers have continued their summer recruitment by adding former Sunderland defender Jack Baldwin to their ranks.

Baldwin, who has also played for Peterborough, Salford City, started his career in the north east with Hartlepool. He made over 70 appearances for the Monkey Hangers before moving to London Road.

He made his name with Posh, racking up over 100 appearances for them and becoming captain in 2017/18. A year later he moved to Sunderland, but his time there wasn’t a huge success and he had a stint with Salford on loan last season.

He is the second capture of a busy few days for Ben Garner, who also secured former Chelsea man Josh Grant. Garner is clearly delighted to have landed Baldwin, telling the club’s official site: “We are delighted to have Jack on board with us. Jack has very good experience in League 1 but also retains the ambition to play at a higher level. He is a committed and intelligent defender who is also very good in possession.

“I like his character and he has good leadership qualities, having captained former teams at this level.”

Baldwin’s spell at the Stadium of Light divide opinion, with some fans vilifying him during his time on Wearside. There’s little doubt he was prone to errors, with Jack Ross dropping him for a time at the tail end of last season, as well as him finding games hard to come by under Phil Parkinson. Sunderland fans have flocked to Bristol Rovers’ social media page to offer their opinions on the 27-year-old, the best of which you’ll find below.

 

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