Lee Johnson said: “We are all delighted that Luke that has re-signed for the club. He is a great character around the place and he’s perfect for the type of culture that we want to create, as well as being a very versatile and quality player – and one we hope can help us strive for the next level.”
Luke O’Nien has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland have now confirmed.
O’Nien has been a key player for the Black Cats since arriving from Wycombe Wanderers in 2018, featuring 139 times for the Wearside club.
The 26-year-old’s versatility has seen him play in midfield and in defence for Sunderland, filling in at both centre-back and right-back for Lee Johnson’s side last season.
O’Nien made 38 appearances in League One last season, as Sunderland missed out on promotion to the Championship for the third year running.
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The versatile 26-year-old has been out of contract, with Luton Town, Millwall, Middlesbrough and Preston North End being linked with his signature on a free transfer.
But with pre-season now underway, Sunderland have this morning confirmed that O’Nien has signed a new three-year deal on Wearside.
This ties him down until the summer of 2024, with the club revealing that he had interest from several Championship clubs.
This is a great bit of news for Sunderland and undoubtedly a massive boost for the Black Cats.
O’Nien has been an excellent servant for Sunderland over the last three years – he wears his heart on his sleeve and is committed to the cause, hence why he has played in so many positions under Jack Ross, Phil Parkinson and Lee Johnson.
It’s a coup for Sunderland to tie him down to a new deal at a time where he could have moved up a division, after losing out on promotion once again.