Sunderland confirm new one-year deal for Wes Brown

WES BROWN ... the defender won't play again this season.
WES BROWN ... the defender won't play again this season.

Sunderland have confirmed that veteran defender Wes Brown has penned a one-year contract extension after a change of heart by returning Dick Advocaat.

Brown was on the verge of leaving Sunderland this summer after the 35-year-old had reached the end of the four-year contract penned when he arrived from Manchester United.

But after Advocaat performed a U-turn and agreed to extend his stay as Sunderland head coach last week, the Black Cats entered into talks over a new deal for Brown and the former England international will now remain at the Stadium of Light until June 2016.

However, Brown is likely to play a back-up role next season, with Sunderland still keen to reinforce their defence with two new centre-halves this summer.

Sunderland want to re-sign last season’s loanee Sebastian Coates, while they are long-term admirers of Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk.

Brown was one of only two first-teamers out of contract at Sunderland this summer, with fellow veteran Anthony Reveillere now expected to leave the club after another U-turn by Advocaat.

There has been no confirmation yet from the club on Reveillere’s status.

But he has been released after Advocaat decided against offering a 12-month contract extension to the ex-France international, despite the 35-year-old agreeing personal terms.