Former Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has been released by VVV Venlo as financial pressure mounted on the Dutch club.
The 32-year-old combative midfielder man joined the Eredivisie club last summer having ended his lengthy stay at the Stadium of Light.
Having featuring 11 times for the Dutch side, Cattermole has now been released, falling in line with a recent decision by league officials to cancel the season due to the recent pandemic.
Earlier this week, VVV Venlo players and staff agreed to take temporary wage cuts in order to balance the books at the club, but the former Sunderland man was deemed surplus to requirements moving forward.
Having joined the Black Cats in 2009, the Stockton-on-Tees born footballer spent 10 years at the club, featuring in eight Premier League campaigns in the process.
Sunderland, who sit seventh in the League One table at present, are eagerly anticipating an outcome to their campaign, one which could end by a points-per-game system and ultimately see them miss out on a play-off place.
Depending on his wages, Cattermole would undoubtedly make a good signing for anyone in the lower regions of the Championship or in League One. After all, this is a player with plenty of experience in English football having made 272 top flight appearances (Transfermarkt) and at 32 there should still be a couple of years left in him.
A potential return to Sunderland would seem unlikely, given that the club need to have a complete reshuffle this summer, and forget the past few years which have seen them drop down through the divisions.
That being said, stranger things have happened, and would it not be a good idea to have someone involved in the running of the club, who gave his all when wearing the shirt?
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