Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:12/08/2009
Lee is a north-east lad from Stockton and began his career with Middlesbrough at the age of just 17.
He played a big role in one of the most successful periods in the club’s history, even playing in the UEFA Cup Final in 2006 as Boro lost 4-0 to Sevilla.
The midfielder was made the club’s youngest ever captain and made just short of 100 appearances in all before joining Wigan in July 2008 for £3.5m.
‘Catts’ played 35 games in his one and only season with the Latics, returning to the north east when Sunderland paid £6m to sign him in the summer of 2009.
He made an immediate impact in the red and white stripes, taking over the captaincy ahead of the 2010-11 season when Lorik Cana left for Galatasaray.
Lee – a former under-21 international with England - kept the armband when Steve Bruce was replaced by Martin O’Neill in December 2011.
He has struggled with injuries at times but still averaged 24 appearances in each of his first three seasons as a Black Cat.
Injuries curtailed Cattermole's involvement in the 2012-13 campaign as he was restricted to just 14 appearances.
Lee was an influential figure under Gus Poyet in 2013-14, making 32 appearances. He also scored his first goal for the club in a defeat at Spurs.