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Monday 02 July 2012

West Ham re-sign defender McCartney

Left-back joins newly promoted Hammers after leaving Sunderland

George McCartney celebrates West Ham's promotion at Wembley at the end of last season

West Ham have completed the permanent signing of defender George McCartney after he was released by Sunderland.

The Hammers, who won promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season via the Championship play-offs, have given the 31-year-old a two-year deal at Upton Park.

"It was great to be part of the side that won promotion last season"
- George McCartney

McCartney first played for West Ham between 2006 and 2008 before moving to the Stadium of Light, and he says he is happy to be staying with Sam Allardyce's side.

"I am delighted to be coming back to West Ham and this time on a permanent basis," McCartney told the official West Ham website.

"It was great to be part of the side that won promotion for the club last season. It was a fantastic way to end the campaign last year and I am really looking forward to being back in the Premier League with West Ham."

McCartney played in 43 matches for West Ham last season, scoring once, and he featured in the play-off final as they beat Blackpool 2-1, coming on as a second half substitute.

The consistent left-back was named Players' Player of the Year by his Hammers colleagues.

He becomes Allardyce's fourth signing of the summer, following goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson and midfielder Mohamed Diame.

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Key Points

  • McCartney signs permanent deal with West Ham
  • Defender was on loan from Sunderland last term
  • McCartney also played for Hammers from 2006-08