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Sunderland seal O'Shea deal

July 7, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Sunderland have completed the signing of John O'Shea from Manchester United on a four-year deal.

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O'Shea, 30, made his United debut in 1999 and has helped the club to five Premier League trophies as well as the FA Cup, Champions League and three League Cups, but he is ready for a new challenge at the Stadium of Light.

"Once I'd heard reports about the club and the people here, the ambitions and what the manager was all about, it was the only place I was going to come to," O'Shea said.

Steve Bruce told the official Sunderland website: "John has been a solid, consistent part of Manchester United's squad for well over a decade, which goes to show the fantastic pedigree of player we've signed.

"He is a wonderful professional both on and off the field and his wealth of experience and versatility will be great attributes for us. I'm delighted with the players we've been able to secure ahead of the new season."

O'Shea arrives for an undisclosed fee and the move comes just hours after Wes Brown made the switch from Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to O'Shea's contribution to the club and said he was pleased the player would now get the opportunity for regular first-team football.

"John has been an outstanding servant to the club, since he broke into the first team almost a decade ago," Ferguson told the club's official website. "His versatility, calmness under pressure and his commitment to the cause at United means that fans will remember him with great affection.

"John has won so many medals - and has deserved every one of them. He epitomises our club's approach as a team. After so many years of service to United, I'm pleased that John has found a career opportunity which will deliver the number of games he deserves.

"We wish John every success in his new life. Steve Bruce is a manager that knows how to blend youth and experience and I'm sure he has John earmarked for a senior role in trying to take Sunderland on from their finish last season."