Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has revealed his delight at signing a new three-year contract to remain with the club.
The 33-year-old put pen to paper of his new deal on Thursday and he will now be at the Stadium of Light until the summer of 2019.
The former Tottenham player was rewarded with a new contract after scoring 15 goals in 33 Premier League appearances during the 2015-16 campaign, with his goals helping the Black Cats preserve their place in the top flight for another season.
The experienced forward admits that he was pleased to commit his long-term future to the club and is looking forward to helping Sam Allardyce’s side improve during the upcoming campaign.
He said: â€œIâ€™m delighted. When you feel at home as a player you want to be offered a new deal and when itâ€™s finally done itâ€™s a great feeling.
â€œIâ€™m already looking forward to the new season and Iâ€™ve already set myself challenges.”
The former England international is convinced his side will not be involved in a relegation scrap next season, as he believes there is too much quality within the Black Cats squad.
He added: â€œI played in a good team and some good signings came in January which allowed us to finish the season strongly, so signing a new deal and playing in a good team, especially under this manager, means we can have a good season next year.â€