Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2016.
The 24-year-old, who was out of contract at the end of last season, joined the Black Cats from Wigan Athletic in 2009.
"I'm absolutely delighted," said Cattermole. "It feels like it's taken a bit of time but the gaffer made it clear to me at the end of the season that he wanted to keep me at the club so it took a bit of time but I'm glad it's been sorted in the end.
"If you look at our signings in the summer I think you can see that we have made some big signings and I think it's the best place for me at the minute."