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Friday 24 Jul 2020
Defender Tom Flanagan signs two-year deal with Sunderland

Northern Ireland defender Tom Flanagan has penned a new two-year deal with League One outfit Sunderland.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Black Cats from Burton Albion in June 2018, has committed himself to the club until the summer of 2022 despite speculation that other clubs were keen in obtaining his services.

Speaking to the club website he said: "It’s been an uncertain time in every sense, so it’s good to have it signed and sealed, and I’ll be raring to go once we return to training. 

“I get on really well with the manager,” added Flanagan, who has played a total of 64 games for the Wearsiders. “I like his management style, so I’m really looking forward to the next two years.

“There is definitely unfinished business for me at the club, so I can’t wait to be back.”

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson, who took over at the Stadium of Light last October, was equally delighted to get the deal over the line.

“I’m really pleased that we’ve agreed a new deal with Tom” said the former Reading midfielder, “He’s a good character and an excellent professional, and we are all looking forward to working with him again during the upcoming season.” 

Hammersmith-born Flanagan won the first of his five full international caps in a 1-0 friendly win over New Zealand at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in June 2017 and could be a key member of Ian Baraclough’s squad for the forthcoming Euro play-off and Nation’s League games in the Autumn.