Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe pens contract extension

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe has committed his long-term future with the Black Cats by signing a new three-year deal, that will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2019.

Defoe was the man, who is responsible for keeping the club in the Premier League last season, scored 15 times in the top flight as Sam Allardyce’s side narrowly avoided relegation.

The England international has now put pen to a paper on a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the age of 36.

“Jermain is one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of the Premier League and is a player that every manager would want to have in their team,” manager Sam Allardyce told the club’s official website.

“He proved that beyond doubt last season by scoring 15 league goals, he is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.”

Defoe has racked up 53 appearances and scored 22 goals since joining Sunderland from Toronto FC in 2014.