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Lee Cattermole divides opinion but Sunderland ace deserves his dues

Lee Cattermole has agreed a long extension to his Sunderland contract, keeping at the club until 2020.

Sunderland supporters are not accustomed to good news and even their annual battle against relegation only ever sets them up for another year of misery.

Managers come and go, money is spent and games are lost. It never seems to get better. But this week, something wonderful happened -- Lee Cattermole signed a new five-year contract with the club.

There was a point when it seemed certain that he would leave. In 2013, stripped of his No.6 shirt and ostracised by former manager Paolo Di Canio, he...

Coates signing and Cattermole extension a boost to Sunderland

Sunderland have announced that Lee Cattermole has agreed a new contract at the club, keeping him there until 2021.

Sunderland's softly-softly start to the close season has burst into life with the permanent signing of Sebastian Coates after his season on loan from Liverpool and an extended new contact for Lee Cattermole.

Supporters are naturally hoping for more exciting news than the continued presence of a couple of players who ended last season at the club.

It is a good start, all the same, to Dick Advocaat's preparations for a new season in which the principal objective must be to avoid yet another relegation...

Terry, Walcott, Carrick and Van Persie available in 2016 as deals expire

The transfer window is open and the ESPN FC crew look at the possible ins and outs in the Premier League.

The summer transfer market is already being shaped by players whose previous clubs proved unable or unwilling to keep them when their contracts were expiring.

Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, James Milner, Danny Ings and Glen Johnson have all moved on this summer and the window next year will be no different.

As a host of players enter the final year of their deals, coveted footballers can find themselves in an even more enviable position when they are able to enter the market without...

Transfer inactivity has Sunderland supporters growing impatient

Sunderland fans are hoping to hear some good news soon in regards to the club's transfer dealings.
Sunderland fans are hoping to hear some good news soon in regards to the club's transfer dealings.

Sunderland's official club website used to offer a series called "rumour mill" which helpfully pulled together all the newspaper, broadcast and online speculation about potential ins and outs.

There was no hint of how accurate any report might be, and most of us know from experience how much doubt to apply to the bulk of the gossip.

It was still an interesting if rarely dependable guide for supporters, but there was also a suspicion of hypocrisy and this probably led to the feature's demise. After...

Sunderland in search of a scorer this summer

After scoring just 31 goals in 2014-15, Jermaine Defoe and the Sunderland strike force will need to be shored up this summer.
After scoring just 31 goals in 2014-15, Jermaine Defoe and the Sunderland strike force will need to be shored up this summer.

Mischievous grins lit up the faces of a few Sunderland supporters when the official club site confirmed that the Ladies' team has signed Stephanie Roche, the Irishwoman who came second in last year's FIFA Puskas award for goal of the season.

Is manager Dick Advocaat already having quiet words with Carlton Fairweather, the women's team coach to extend Roche's duties to showing his own strikers how to shoot?

Roche's superb goal for Peamount against Wexford Youths, two neat touches and then a...

There's still room for Wes Brown and John O'Shea in Sunderland's defence

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat admits his side needs a major overhaul.

When Sunderland's list of retained players was published this week, it showed former Manchester United and England defender Wes Brown as available on a free transfer. Almost immediately, and in at least one case beforehand, local media outlets in the Northeast of England reported that far from being intent on discarding Brown, Dick Advocaat wanted to pin him down to a one-year deal.

It may not be the most exciting decision to be made by Advocaat, along with Sunderland's sporting ditector Lee Congerton,...