Recently-released Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has signed a one year deal with VVV Venlo after a successful trial period with the Eredivisie side.
The 31 year old has made his stint with the Yellow and Blacks permanent, joining former Sunderland striker Jerome Sinclair at the Dutch club for the forthcoming season.
Speaking about the move to Venlo’s official website, Cattermole said:
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.
Venlo’s Technical Director Stan Valckx commented:
With Lee you bring in a player who has played at the highest level in England for a long time. In addition to his footballing qualities, his zest for work and his walking ability, he brings with him a whole lot of football experience and knowledge of the football world. Our young players, in particular, can in turn learn from that. You immediately saw it in the training sessions: Lee coaches a lot and puts the organization down well in midfield. At 31, he is an absolute reinforcement for our selection.
And in a post on their twitter feed, Venlo said that “they’ll take care of him”, tagging Sunderland AFC in the post. I’m sure we all wish Lee the best of luck in his new venture - here’s hoping it’s a successful year for both his new club, and his old one.