Stephen Russell worked at the Ballymena factory for nine years: "It's just a matter of seeing how many workers he wants back and hopefully it's a majority of us.
"We haven't had much sleep lately but hopefully this will sort things out."
A long-term employee Andrew French, who has been with Wrightbus for 18 years, said: "I'm delighted but at the same time we still don't know who's getting their jobs back. That's the next fight we have."
While a deal has been agreed in principle between Jeff Wright and Jo Bamford over the land, a final agreement is still to be reached with the administrator. Although this is widely expected to complete.
.@UniteunionNI confirm that a deal has been agreed but official announcement won't be made until Monday or Tuesday. @BelTel
Ulster Unionist Leader and North Antrim MLA Robin Swann welcomed the announcement of a deal in principle.
He said: "The announcement of a deal being reached in principle between Jo Bamford and the Wright family is welcome news. The workers, including members of my own family, are relieved after such a tortuous process where hopes were raised and dashed before the announcement of today`s deal.
"It has been a roller-coaster of emotions for the workers and their families. This announcement will come as a welcome relief for many and I`m glad that common sense has prevailed.
"The workers combining with Union support have had a huge influence on the final outcome and should be commended for the way in which they have conducted themselves throughout this process.
"The next few days will see the shape of the future of Wrightbus and its workforce. It will obviously take a bit of time to get the deal finalised and the operation up and running again, but the quicker that the workers are able to get through the Wrightbus gates and get back to work, the better.”
TUV leader Jim Allister also welcomed the news.
"I want to commend all who made this possible, many working tirelessly behind the scenes. I particularly salute the fortitude of the workers. The agreement to gift the farmland to the council is an equitable and sensible outcome. Now, all need to bind together to make this factory great again," he said.
"With all the rancour that was stirred, we now need a time of healing. The Wright family, especially under Sir William Wright, made an immeasurable contribution to jobs and prosperity in Ballymena and further afield.
"Sir William’s vision and entrepreneurship put Ballymena on the map with cutting edge technology in the bus sector and it is this which will go on giving in terms of future success.
"So, let’s put the last few weeks behind us and all pull with the new owner to move forward with confidence and success."