Sunderland’s Connor Wickham signs new deal with the Black Cats

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the North-East club, keeping him at the Stadium of Light until 2019, reports BBC Sport.

The England U21 international, 21, has scored just three goals this season, but hit a real purple patch with the Black Cats in the tail end of the last campaign, as Gus Poyet’s men pulled off a miraculous recovery.

Wickham won the April Player of the Month award after bagging five goals in three games for Sunderland, which led to questions about his future in the summer. The young England striker seemed reticent to sign a new deal when the summer transfer window was still open, but has now committed his future to the club.

“I think it was very important to tie down a young English centre forward as there are not many around. This shows clearly the way this football club wants to progress,” said Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

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