SUNDERLAND skipper John O’Shea has signed a two-year contract extension at the Stadium of Light.
O’Shea’s previous deal at Sunderland was due to expire next summer, but the Black Cats have moved swiftly to tie down the vastly experienced Republic of Ireland international.
The 33-year-old, who made his 100th Premier League appearance for Sunderland last month, will now be contracted to Sunderland until the summer of 2017.
O’Shea said: “Since I arrived at Sunderland I have enjoyed every minute and I’m really happy that I can continue here for another two years.
“To captain a club like this and to play in front of our fantastic supporters is a huge honour and I look forward to showing my commitment to the club on the pitch in the years to come.”
It has been a momentous week for O’Shea, who marked his 100th cap for Ireland on Tuesday night by scoring a last-gasp equaliser against Germany.
O’Shea’s contract situation has been on Sunderland’s agenda since the summer, with the centre-half proving to be one of the Black Cats’ more consistent performers under Gus Poyet after arriving on Wearside in a £5million move from Manchester United in the summer of 2011.
“I am delighted that John has agreed to stay with us for at least another two years,” said Poyet.
“He is our captain, one of our leaders and I am sure he will continue to help us get better and stronger as a team. I really look forward to continuing to work with John.”