Larsson has Sunderland record in his sights

Sunderland's Seb Larsson.
Sunderland's Seb Larsson.
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SEB Larsson has signed a new contract which is set to make him among Sunderland’s leading Premier League appearance makers.

The Swede has put pen to paper on a new three-year-deal which will keep him at the club until 2017.

And if he sees out his contract, he has every chance of eclipsing Phil Bardsley’s record of 174 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats, set last season.

Bardsley went past previous holder Michael Gray when he played for Sunderland against West Ham United on March 31.

But Larsson has accumulated 101 Premier League appearances since making the switch to Wearside from Birmingham City three years ago this month.

And if Sunderland remain in the top flight and Larsson stays fit and in favour, he has every chance of going past Bardsley’s landmark before he leaves.

Larsson will hope the new deal sees him played more on the wing than the central midfield role he occupied for most of last season.

The Swede prefers to play out wide, feeling that’s where he’s at his best, but there’s no denying the fact that he was hugely effective in the last few months of the season as part of a terrier-like midfield trio alongside Lee Cattemole and Jack Colback.

What is not in doubt is that Larsson will spend the remainder of his best years at the Stadium of Light - he will be 32 when the new contract ends.

Speaking about his new deal, he said: “I’m delighted to have signed again for the club.

“I had talks with Gus Poyet and Lee Congerton and I feel that this is a club moving in the right direction and I want to be part of it.

“I had a few options but I want to be at Sunderland and I’m looking forward to the new season.”

Larsson made 41 appearances for the Black Cats in all competitions last season, scoring against Southampton in the Capital One Cup with his personal high point being notching the winner in the 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in May.

His decision to stay at Sunderland will disappoint a number of clubs with Stoke City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Besiktas and Galatasaray having all been linked with him in recent months.