Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan has signed a new two-year deal at the club, extending his contract to 2022.
The Northern Ireland international joined the Black Cats in the summer of 2018, and will now be hoping to ensure that he can help get the club out of League One and back into the Championship.
Since joining Sunderland the 28-year-old has made over 60 appearances and has scored four times, and under manager Phil Parkinson he’s become a key man for the side.
With the former Bolton Wanderers boss using a system that contains three central defenders, Flanagan’s ability to play in different roles in the back three will continue to be a big positive to the Sunderland squad.
The former Burton Albion man will be hoping to get back to playing in the Championship, with Sunderland cruelly missing out on a play-off place last campaign due to the points-per-game method of working out final positions.
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It’s a good deal for Sunderland and one that will give them some much needed stability in what is expected to be yet another summer of change for the Black Cats.
If they’re to be promoted this time around then they’re going to need as much experience as possible in their ranks and Flanagan is a good player to have around.
He must carry on in improving, and in Parkinson’s 3-4-3 formation, there’s no reason why he can’t continue to perform the way he was in the second-half of Sunderland’s season.