SUNDERLAND boss Steve Bruce has committed himself to the club until 2014 by signing a new contract.
The 50-year-old, who arrived at the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2009, has been in discussions with the Black Cats for some time and has now put pen to paper.
Sunderland are currently seventh in the Barclays Premier League and bidding for a first top-10 finish in the top flight in a decade.
Bruce said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract.
“It’s a magnificent club from top to bottom with wonderful support and everything is in place here for a manager.
“We have the makings of a fantastic young team.
“It’s been a great challenge so far and one that my backroom team and I have relished, so we are looking forward to continuing with that over the next few years.”
Chairman Niall Quinn, who along with owner Ellis Short has provided Bruce with the financial backing to rebuild the squad, was delighted to have reached an agreement.
He said: “It was hugely important to bring stability to this football club and I firmly believe that in Steve we have the man to do just that.”