Jermain Defoe has signed for AFC Bournemouth on a three-year deal.
The striker made 93 appearances in red and white in all competitions, scoring 37 goals while cultivating an ever-lasting relationship with the Sunderland fans.
Defoe, 34, also reignited his England career while on Wearside with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate recalling him in March 2017, and he did what he does best with a Wembley return resulting in his 20th international goal.
And it’s the goals he’ll be remembered for, with the striker cementing his Sunderland legacy thanks to derby-day magic, hat-tricks and mesmerising solo efforts that will never be forgotten.
He also netted his 150th Premier League goal during his time at the club, and exits Wearside standing seventh on the all-time PL goalscorers list.
Club accolades also fell Defoe’s way and deservingly so, with the England international winning the Player of the Year award in each of his two full seasons on Wearside.
Everyone at the club would like to thank Jermain for his contribution and wish him well for the future.