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Friday 23 March 2012

McClean signs new contract at Sunderland

Young Black Cats' winger set to stay at Stadium of Light until 2015

Sunderland's James McClean runs at the Liverpool defence in the Barclays Premier League

Sunderland winger James McClean has committed his long-term future to the Black Cats, signing a contract extension until 2015.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom this season, scoring four times in 19 appearances after joining from League of Ireland side Derry City for £350,000 in August 2011.

"I'm over the moon to see my next three years with Sunderland"
- James McClean

McClean made his Barclays Premier League bow in December, scored a brilliant winner at Stoke in February and went on to win his first cap for the Republic of Ireland in a 1-1 draw with Czech Republic later that month.

"I'm thrilled to be here," McClean told the club's official website. "I'm really enjoying my football and to have earned a new contract is a dream. I'm over the moon to see my next three years with Sunderland."

Manager Martin O'Neill, who has seen McClean blossom under his leadership since he arrived on Wearside in December, paid tribute to the Irishman's first season in English football.

"I'm absolutely delighted that James has committed himself to the club. He's had an explosive start to his career here at Sunderland and long may it continue," said O’Neill.

McClean has appeared in 14 League matches so far in his fledgling career, scoring against Wigan and Arsenal as well as at the Britannia Stadium.

He also has one FA Cup goal to his name, with Sunderland due to face Everton at the Stadium of Light in their quarter-final replay on Tuesday 27th March.

Sunderland's next Barclays Premier League appointment sees them entertaining Queens Park Rangers on Saturday 24th March.

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Key Points

  • James McClean signs new contract with Sunderland
  • Winger has been superb in his first season in the Barclays Premier League
  • McClean, 22, will now stay on Wearside until 2015