Lee Cattermole ends at Sunderland for 10 years after agreeing to leave the League One club
- Lee Cattermole had another year on his contract at the Stadium of Light
- He was one of the highest paid players, reportedly earning £ 35,000 a week
- The 31-year-old reached an agreement to leave the club with immediate effect
Lee Cattermole has left Sunderland after a decade at the club.
The 31-year-old midfielder returned to his native North East from Wigan in 2009 and has since played 261 games in all competitions.
Seven of his 10 Sunderland goals made it to League One last season while collecting 90 yellow and seven red cards for the club.
Midfielder Lee Cattermole has left Sunderland and ended a ten-year partnership with the club
Cattermole told the club’s website: “Sunderland is a special club and this decision has not been easy, but I think now is the time to find a new challenge.
“The football club has had some fantastic managers, staff and players in my ten years and I have been lucky to be part of it.
“I want to thank Jack Ross and his staff very much and I wish him and the current team all the best for the coming season.
Cattermole was one of the highest paid players in the club, reportedly making £ 35,000 a week
“There are some exciting young players at the club and I look forward to seeing them progress.
And finally, and above all, the fans. You are what makes the club special and your passion and dedication is something that has always inspired me throughout my career at Sunderland and will continue to inspire the team. Thank you.’
The club added: “Lee has been a great servant to SAFC and we would like to express our gratitude for his commitment to the past 10 years and wish him all the best in the future.”