The former Coventry City defender had significant interest from several Championship outfits but now seems to has opted for the switch to Wearside after taking advice from ex-Sunderland player David Meyler.
At 24-years-old, Willis has been a mainstay in the Sky Blues’ side for a number of years and was offered an improved deal by the club.
However, Coventry-born Willis opted to leave having made over 200 appearances.
The former England under-18 and under-19 international played a key role in an EFL Trophy win and scored in Coventry’s 2018 League Two play-off final win.
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Here’s how Sunderland supporters reacted to the news:
@Fantanafest73: “I'm liking the type of sensible signings we are making this time round, less panic more thought whisper it quietly..... Dare I say quietly, Cautiously confident”
@GavinEvs: “Now announce McGeady contract extension!!”
@SAFC_NYorkshire: “Welcome to Sunderland! Ha’way the lads!!!”
@JohnFromLeague1: “So Jordan Willis has turned down moves to Derby, Bristol City & Luton to join massive Sunderland.
“Why are we able to just take Coventry’s best players at will? We could probably take Highfield Rd & The Ricoh Arena as well if we wanted to. #PUSB #SAFC”
@LukeyD1912: “Jordan Willis on a free is a top signing i have to admit. Get Marcus Maddison in along with a young central midfielder and a number ten it’ll be a good window”
“#CCFC wanted to keep him and their manager expected him to go to a Championship club (plenty were interested). No complaints here.”
@paulthomase: “@MichaelBowers15 “Many championship clubs in for him”
@TheRokerEnd: “Jordan Willis set to sign for Sunderland. Powerful and quick defender that we’ve been crying for. #SAFC”
@WallyG1983: “The new Vincent Kompany, welcome aboard Jordan son”
@JRGreen99: “Great coup that considering teams in league above were interested”
@SafcRer: “If we get it done today or over weekend great be a good signing”
@christoph_21: “Would be lying if I said I remembered seeing Jordan Willis play, but he's been a regular at this level since 19 and signs for #SAFC at a good age.”