Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole signs new deal

DEAL ME IN ... Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has signed a new contract.
DEAL ME IN ... Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has signed a new contract.

LEE CATTERMOLE insists he has “more to offer” in a Sunderland shirt after penning a three-year extension to his Black Cats contract.

The Sunderland skipper has spent several weeks in contract talks with boss Martin O’Neill, with his previous deal due to expire at the end of this season.

But the 24-year-old is now tied to the Stadium of Light until the summer of 2016 after arriving in a £6million deal from Wigan three-and-a-half years ago.

Cattermole, who returned from suspension in Saturday’s stalemate at Stoke City, said today: “I’d have been gutted if I let the club at the end of the year because I think I’ve got more to offer here.

“I’m absolutely delighted.

“Since the gaffer came, I think my form has been good for him.

“He made it clear at the end of last season that he wanted to keep me at the club, although the sending off maybe didn’t help!

“We’ve managed to get it done and I’m over the moon “Things like this take time and you’ve got to be sure it’s the best place for you.”