Joel Lynch joined Sunderland in the summer of 2019, signing a one-year deal after being available on a free transfer.
The 31-year-old began his career with the Seagulls, making his debut in January 2006 against Southampton where Albion were defeated 2-1.
Later that year, he signed his first professional contract despite interest from clubs like Nottingham Forest and Premier League Portsmouth.
He featured heavily for the club throughout the 2006-07 campaign where he played 44 games and began to make a name for himself despite being a teenager.
A loan move to Nottingham Forest followed in 2008 as Lynch looked for a greater challenge in the Championship and the young defender continued to build his reputation in the game.
After three seasons of pushing for promotion, Lynch left Forest to join Huddersfield Town who had recently been promoted to the Championship.
His four seasons there were arguably the most successful of his career as he featured over 180 times and scored 11 goals.In the summer of 2016, Lynch was subject to interest from QPR and they paid over £1 million to sign the defender.
Since that move, Lynch was a fixture in the QPR side that was going through a turbulent period of different managers and consolidation after a few seasons of yo-yoing from the Premier League. Lynch netted seven goals in 95 games while at QPR and after three years he left the club seeking a new challenge.