Sunderland skipper will stay at Stadium of Light

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole has finalised a deal to stay on at Sunderland for another four years.

Cattermole, captain for the Black Cats, joined the club in 2009 from Wigan, and has now signed a contract to remain at the Stadium of Light until 2016.

Sunderland’s skipper has appeared 72 times for the club, and though he has a bad record for discipline, with seven red cards, manager Martin O’Neill is an admirer of him.

Cattermole has expressed his delight that he is staying with Sunderland. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It feels like it’s taken a bit of time, but the gaffer made it clear to me at the end of the season that he wanted to keep me at the club so it took a bit of time but it’s been sorted in the end. If you look at our signings in the summer. I think you can see that we have made some big signings and I think it’s the best place for me at the minute.”

The midfielder is also looking forward to meeting his former club Middlesbrough in the League Cup tomorrow. Cattermole missed both games between the sides the previous season. He also realises it is a good opportunity for the Black Cats to get their hands on a trophy.

He said on Sunderland’s official website: “The gaffer is keen on the cups and doesn’t take them lightly. Look at the teams we put out against Morecambe and MK Dons. We’re looking to progress and this is a great chance to pick up some silverware. I remember the draw (for the FA Cup 0 being announced last season after we’d beaten Peterborough and I was happier than anyone that we drew Middlesbrough. But I pulled my hamstring on the Friday before the game, which was devastating.  I was playing really well at the time and was really looking forward to the game.”

Lee Cattermole also wants former team Middlesbrough to return to the Premier League.

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