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Cattermole earns new Sunderland contract

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Lee Cattermole has been sent off seven times in his career © PA Photos
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Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract with the club.

Cattermole, who joined from Wigan in 2009, has committed himself to the the Black Cats until 2016, the club said on their official website.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who has been sent off seven times in his career, was named club captain at the start of the 2010-11 season, an appointment made by Sunderland's former manager Steve Bruce.

Cattermole made his senior football debut as a 17-year-old Middlesbrough player, making 91 first-team appearances for the Riverside Stadium club before moving to Wigan for a season.

Current Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill praised Cattermole, who returned to action at Stoke following a spell on the sidelines after his sending-off at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

O'Neill told the club's official website: "I think Lee, as captain of the side, gives us that little bit of steel. He brings drive and determination into the game."

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