New Black Cats deal for Bardsley

The former Manchester United full-back’s previous deal was due to

expire at the end of the season but, having excelled in an

unfamiliar left-sided role this season, he has convinced manager

Steve Bruce he warrants an extension. Bruce said: “Obviously

there’s a decision myself and the board have had to make and to be

fair to Phil he has done very, very well. “The last thing we wanted

to do was to let Phil run into a Bosman situation. “He has played

his part, he is a valuable member of the squad and he has been

rewarded for that.” Bardsley, who won his first Scotland cap

against Spain last month, was pleased to commit his future to the

Black Cats. The 25-year-old told the club’s official website: “I’m

delighted to be able to stay. “Talks have been ongoing over the

last couple of weeks and I’m really pleased to be here for the next

three and a half years. “It’s a club which I enjoy being at, I love

living up here, the lads and everything about being here. Being

part of the manager’s plans is great and I’m enjoying my football.”