Cattermole pens deal with VVV Venlo

VVV Venlo
Lee Cattermole could return as Sunderland attempt to rekindle their League One promotion drive when Accrington arrive at the Stadium of Light on Friday night.

Former Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has been snapped up by Dutch side VVV Venlo on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old ended a decade-long association with Sunderland during the summer after he was released by the Wearside club, owing to his big wages from their Premier League days.

He made 258 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats, scoring ten times, though could not help them survive in the Premier League or the Championship, or get them back up through the play-offs.

He had been on trial with VVV Venlo most of the summer and has now been rewarded with a one-year contract.

Cattermole says he is looking forward to acting as an experienced figurehead in the dressing room.

“With my experience, I can contribute to the development of this young team,” he said.

Technical director Stan Valckx echoed those sentiments, saying: “He brings with him a whole lot of football experience and knowledge of the football world.”

VVV Venlo currently sit 12th in the Eredivisie after winning one of their three games so far, and their next game is away at fourth place Utrecht on Sunday.