Former Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has completed a move to Dutch Eredivisie side VVV Venlo after a successful trial period, the club have confirmed on their official website.

Lee Cattermole has signed a contract with Dutch side VVV Venlo after his release from League One side Sunderland upon the end of the 2018/19 season. Having spent his entire career until now playing in England, with the vast majority of his time in the North East, Cattermole has put pen to paper on a one-year contract with the Dutch side.

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Speaking to the VVV Venlo website upon the confirmation of the move, the midfielder said that he is looking forward to testing himself outside of England as he hopes to help his new side progress.

“The club arrived at the right time. For me it offers a new chance. I am therefore very happy that after so many seasons in England I can now work in the Netherlands at a beautiful Eredivisie club such as VVV-Venlo. With my experience I can contribute to the development of this young team. I want to move forward with VVV. ”

The 31-year-old started his career in the youth academy at Middlesbrough, where he made his breakthrough into senior football, playing 88 times for the club before making a move to Wigan Athletic in 2008.

After one season with the Latics, Cattermole made a move to Sunderland, where he had remained until this summer. During his time at the Stadium of Light, the midfielder played 272 times, scoring 10 goals and providing 11 assists along the way.

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