McCartney gets back to Hammers
West Ham United,
West Ham have announced they have signed Sunderland defender George McCartney on a two-year contract.
The 31-year-old came through the youth system at Sunderland before moving to the Hammers where he spent two years from 2006 to 2008 before rejoining the Black Cats. McCartney then enjoyed a successful season-long loan in east London last season as the Hammers made an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League. The Northern Irishman becomes the club's fourth summer capture following the arrivals of goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson from Bolton and Portsmouth respectively and Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame from Wigan. "I am delighted to be coming back to West Ham and this time on a permanent basis," said the Belfast-born full-back, who won West Ham's Players' Player of the Year award last season. "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."