John O’Shea inks two-year extension with Sunderland

John O'Shea signed a new deal with the Black Cats through 2017.

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Republic of Ireland international John O’Shea has signed a two-year contract extension with Sunderland.

The 33-year-old, and club captain, put pen to paper on the new deal which keeps him with the Black Cats until 2017.

Since making the switch to Wearside from Manchester United in 2011, O’Shea has made more than 100 Premier League appearances for Sunderland. 

And speaking after signing the new deal, 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."

Manager Gus Poyet expressed his pleasure at securing the services of the Irishman for an additional two years, he said: "I am delighted that John has agreed to stay with us.

"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." 

News of a new contract comes just days after O’Shea marked his 100th cap for the Republic of Ireland by scoring a last-gasp equalizer in a European Qualifier against world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen.