Monday 21 August 2017

Grayson ratifies deal to keep O'Shea

O’Shea’s contract expired at the end of Sunderland’s relegation campaign. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
O’Shea’s contract expired at the end of Sunderland’s relegation campaign. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

New Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has completed a deal to keep John O'Shea (right) at the club for another season and the veteran Ireland defender could be joined at the Stadium of Light by international team-mate Aiden McGeady.

O'Shea's contract expired at the end of Sunderland's relegation campaign,which meant he was included on the club's list of released players but there was always the expectation that he would stay on in Wearside once a new manager was appointed.

That was confirmed with a swift announcement in the aftermath of Grayson's unveiling on Thursday evening.

McGeady, who thrived under Grayson at Preston during his spell on loan from Everton last season, had been identified by Middlesbrough as an option to help them bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt.

However, the Grayson connection makes the Black Cats firm favourites to sign him.

Meanwhile, a legacy of Grayson's time at Preston was officially confirmed yesterday with the announcement of Kevin O'Connor's move from Cork City to Deepdale.

O'Connor had agreed terms last month and all that remained to be agreed by the two clubs was his departure date.

O'Connor will join Preston on July 24 - the same day as his friend Sean Maguire - which means he will be available for both legs of Cork's next Europa League tie if they finish the job against Levadia Tallinn next Thursday.

"I can't wait to get started," said the 22-year old.

Cork manager John Caulfield told the club's website: "While we never want a player to move on during the season, it shows how far the club has come.

"It is a fantastic deal for Kevin which puts him at a higher level and increases his chances of coming into the reckoning for an international call-up."

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