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Ex-Wigan Athletic and Sunderland man Lee Cattermole opens up about Eredivisie switch

Lee Cattermole has said he is relishing the opportunity of playing in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The experienced midfielder left League One side Sunderland at the end of last season and has made the switch to VVV-Venlo.

Cattermole made his debut on Saturday in their 2-1 win over FC Utrecht. He has said, as per the Sunderland Echo: “I don’t think many players have left England to come to Holland, unless it was home for them but I just think for the opportunity for me and my age, it was a nice challenge to have.”

I could have stayed in England and maybe finish my career but not had the experience of this and that’s a life experience. I think when I finish playing football, I might go into coaching or something, so it’s good to see the different styles.”

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.

He will now be keen on making an impression in Holland for VVV. They finished 12th last season and are aiming to climb up the league this term. They are also currently the home to ex-Birmingham City, Sunderland and Oxford United loanee Jerome Sinclair.

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