Thursday 19 October 2017

John O'Shea agrees new one-year Sunderland deal

Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea has agreed a new one-year contract at Sunderland.

The club announced O'Shea's deal just a day after Preston boss Simon Grayson was appointed as the new Sunderland manager.

Skipper O'Shea was among a number of senior players not included on Sunderland's retained list in the wake of relegation from the Premier League in May.

But the former Manchester United player will now remain at the Stadium of Light as Grayson attempts to take the Black Cats back in to the top flight at the first attempt.

"Republic of Ireland international John O'Shea has agreed a new one-year deal at the Stadium of Light," said a statement on the official Sunderland website.

"The captain moved to Wearside in 2011 and during a six-year spell became the club's leading appearance maker in the Premier League, a competition he won on five occasions during his time at Manchester United.

"O'Shea, 36, will link up with his team-mates next week after representing Ireland in their World Cup qualifying campaign at the start of June."

Waterford-born O'Shea has made nearly 200 league appearances for Sunderland, scoring three goals.

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