John O'Shea to join Reading when Sunderland deal expires
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 06/06/18 6:53pm
John O'Shea is set to sign a one-year contract with Reading when his deal at Sunderland expires on July 1.
The 37-year-old defender, who has spent seven years at the Stadium of Light, made 40 appearances for the club last season but he could not prevent the Championship side being relegated for the second year in a row.
Reading manager Paul Clement said: "John has played and won at the very highest level - he has won five Premier League titles, been part of a European Cup-winning side and earned 118 caps for his country.
"He will bring us fantastic levels of experience and proven leadership qualities.
"We looked very carefully at John's recent playing statistics. He is still incredibly fit and a hugely motivated individual. So we look forward to him being a big contributor out on the pitch next season."
Chief executive Ron Gourlay added: "There are not many footballers, past or present, who possess the experience of John O'Shea.
"A natural leader, he arrives at Reading as one of the most decorated Irish footballers of all time, having won everything and experienced even more during a career spent almost entirely in the top tier and in European and international football.
"I am delighted John has chosen to join Reading."
O'Shea began his career as a 17-year-old with Manchester United in 1999 and went on to make 393 appearances winning 15 trophies before joining Sunderland in 2011.
He retired from international football following the 2-1 friendly win over the United States last Saturday