These Sunderland fans have said they would bring Lee Cattermole back to the club after news that he was released from his contract with VVV Venlo.
The 32-year-old midfielder called time on his 10-year spell with the Black Cats last summer to take on a spell with Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Making 11 appearances over the course of 2019/2020 season for his new club, Cattermole’s future became uncertain when the Dutch league came to a close prematurely due to the ongoing pandemic.
With financial constraints on clubs both in Holland and across Europe due to the postponement of football, Venlo made the decision not to renew the former Sunderland man’s contract, meaning he is now available on a free transfer.
Having joined the Black Cats in 2009, the former Wigan man spent a decade at the Stadium of Light, featuring in eight Premier League campaigns in the process, before dropping down to the Championship and then, League One.
Sunderland, who sit seventh in the League One table as things stand, will miss out on a play-off place if the season is ended via a points-per-game system, however, that is yet to be decided.
Reacting to the news via Twitter account @sunechosafc, fans revealed if they would take Cattermole back at the club and below are just some of the responses.
— Sunderland Echo SAFC (@sunechosafc) May 22, 2020
Better than anyone we have now, and he always gave 100%
— David Robinson (@DavidRo79891020) May 22, 2020
I’d give him a crack at player manager
— Dean Hudson (@DeanHudson6) May 22, 2020
— greyskullg (@gillianigg) May 22, 2020
Absolutely. He would have given us steel in the middle and the leadership we’ve been lacking. He should never have been allowed to go. In years to come he will be looked upon as an SAFC icon in the way Bally is today.
— Paul A. Carr (@revPACman) May 22, 2020
definitely, #safc are without a passionate experience leader on the pitch right now
— W. W. L. D. ? He’d stay at home. (@RobLow_7) May 22, 2020
Without any doubt , bring the lad home
— phil henson (@macham12) May 22, 2020
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