Extended Sunderland stay for O’Shea

Sunderland and Republic of Ireland captain John O’Shea has capped a memorable week by signing a new contract with the Wearside club, BBC Sport has confirmed.

O’Shea became the hero of his nation on Tuesday as he poked home a dramatic 93rd-minute equaliser to win an unlikely point for Martin O’Neill’s Irish side against world champions Germany. The game also marked his 100th cap for the Boys in Green.

And the 33-year-old’s week just kept getting better as he put pen to paper on a two-year extension to his Sunderland contract, which will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2017.

The Waterford born defender began his career with Manchester United, and other than early loan spells with AFC Bournemouth and Belgian outfit Royal Antwerp, spent 12 years with the Red Devils. Despite not always being a first pick in Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams, he managed an impressive 392 appearances in all competitions during his Old Trafford career.

He finally moved on to Sunderland in the summer of 2011 and has so far made 121 appearances for the Black Cats.

Expressing his joy at signing the extension to his contract, O’Shea said: “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 on the pitch in the years to come.”

His manager Gus Poyet echoed these sentiments, saying: “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.”

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