As a new era begins on Wearside, another has come to an end.
On Wednesday, John O’Shea left Sunderland and penned a one-year deal with Sky Bet Championship side Reading, bringing an end to seven years of service at the Stadium of Light.
The defender arrived in 2011, signing under the management of Steve Bruce as a 12-year spell with Manchester United came to an end.
His experience, which included winning 14 major trophies at Old Trafford, proved invaluable, and throughout his time at the club both players and managers have hailed his impact on and off the pitch.
In total, O’Shea made 256 appearances for the Black Cats scoring four goals, and no player has made more Premier League appearances (189) for the club than the former Republic of Ireland international.
O’Shea also led the Lads to Wembley during the 2013-14 season, as an unforgettable Capital One Cup run saw the red and white army return to the national stadium for the first time since 1998.
The defender will link up with several familiar faces at the Madjeski Stadium, with Vito Mannone, Paul McShane and David Meyler plying their trade with the Royals.
Best of luck, skipper!