LAURENS DE BOCK has revealed that watching Netflix series Sunderland ‘Til I Die helped convince him to join Sunderland on loan from Leeds.
Black Cats owner Steward Donald confirmed that the club have gained an influx of US fans following the show’s release, and now he can add a Belgian left-back to the list.
The docuseries follows the Wearsiders’ attempts to bounce back into the Premier League following relegation in 2017.
But the disaster-hit club endured a catastrophic campaign in the Championship and suffered a successive relegation to League One.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die captured the heartbreak fans were put through and showed plenty of crying supporters as the club was relegated once again.
But De Bock revealed it was the show that helped sell him on Jack Ross’ side.
He told SAFC.com: “It was important for me to come here and play more minutes in England. The period at Leeds has been difficult.
“I had a good start and then the manager got sacked and I got an injury also, so it was really difficult. I hope to get a new start now here in England by playing for Sunderland and helping them to win games.
“I know this is a big club that was previously in the Premier League and I also saw the documentary on Netflix.
“That gave me a good image of the club and how everything works here. I wouldn’t say I know a lot about the club, but I am here to find out now.”
De Bock has only made seven appearances for Leeds since moving for an undisclosed fee from Club Brugge in January 2018.
And he spent last term on loan back in his homeland at Oostende, but remains under contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2022.
The 26-year-old becomes the latest Belgian to don the red and white after Jason Denayer, Adnan Januzaj and Simon Mignolet.