Martin O'Neill

MON's Sess deal delight

by Stuart Vose

Boss's reaction to contract news.

Stephane Sessegnon’s contract extension is music to the ears of Martin O’Neill.

The pacy forward has signed a new deal with the club until 2015 following an impressive 2011-12 campaign.

Sessegnon won the club’s Player of the Season award last time round and is a huge terrace favourite on Wearside.

Speaking just after the deal was announced, O’Neill said:

I’m very pleased that Stephane has extended his contract.

- Martin O'Neill

“Maybe in the light of some of the players who’ve come into the football club just recently, he might have had a look at that, I don’t know.

“I’m just very, very pleased Stephane has signed because he is a very talented player. We’re delighted to keep him.”

Sunderland boast a mouth-watering attacking quartet with Sessegnon and James McClean joined by new arrivals Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson.

“That’s great, of course,” O’Neill said. “It gives us a few options, and if they can stay clear of injuries then they can really progress.”