Sunderland confirm new one-year deal for Wes Brown

WES BROWN ... the defender won't play again this season.
WES BROWN ... the defender won't play again this season.
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Sunderland have confirmed that veteran defender Wes Brown has penned a one-year contract extension after a change of heart by returning Dick Advocaat.

Brown was on the verge of leaving Sunderland this summer after the 35-year-old had reached the end of the four-year contract penned when he arrived from Manchester United.

But after Advocaat performed a U-turn and agreed to extend his stay as Sunderland head coach last week, the Black Cats entered into talks over a new deal for Brown and the former England international will now remain at the Stadium of Light until June 2016.

However, Brown is likely to play a back-up role next season, with Sunderland still keen to reinforce their defence with two new centre-halves this summer.

Sunderland want to re-sign last season’s loanee Sebastian Coates, while they are long-term admirers of Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk.

Brown was one of only two first-teamers out of contract at Sunderland this summer, with fellow veteran Anthony Reveillere now expected to leave the club after another U-turn by Advocaat.

There has been no confirmation yet from the club on Reveillere’s status.

But he has been released after Advocaat decided against offering a 12-month contract extension to the ex-France international, despite the 35-year-old agreeing personal terms.