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O'Shea signs new deal and Borini leaves for Milan as Sunderland begin life under Grayson

The Ireland international has penned a new one-year contract, while Borini heads to AC Milan on loan.

John O'Shea (file pic).
John O'Shea (file pic).
Image: Richard Sellers

IRELAND DEFENDER AND Sunderland captain John O’Shea today penned a new deal which keeps him at the Stadium of Light for another year.

New manager Simon Grayson announced the one-year contract at his introductory press conference earlier, as the former Preston boss begins to build his squad for the season ahead.

The 36-year-old’s contract expired at the beginning of the summer, and he was named among a number of players to be released by the club as Sunderland were relegated under David Moyes.

But now he faces the task of helping the Black Cats back to top-flight football.

Waterford native O’Shea joined Sunderland in 2011 and over a six-year spell, has become the club’s leading appearance maker in the Premier League.

“Republic of Ireland international John O’Shea has agreed a new one-year deal at the Stadium of Light,” a statement on the official Sunderland website read.

“O’Shea, 36, will link up with his team-mates next week after representing Ireland in their World Cup qualifying campaign at the start of June.”


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Meanwhile, Fabio Borini has left Sunderland to join AC Milan on loan.

The striker joined Sunderland from Liverpool in 2015, having earlier spent a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light.

“AC Milan announce the signing of Fabio Borini from Sunderland AFC,” the Italian club wrote in an official statement. ”The contract implies the player will join the club on loan with obligation to buy.”

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