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.
Cattermole's talismanic form continued during the 2014-15 season and in November 2014 he was named as the North East Football Writers' Player of the Year.
He delighted fans by signing a five-year extension to his current contract in July 2015, with the midfielder now committed to the club until 2021.
Lee continued to be a mainstay of the side in 2015-16, playing 34 games.
However, injury got the better of Lee last season which meant he spent the bulk of the 2016-17 season in the treatment room.
Cattermole has sinced returned to action, returning to his role in the heart of the Lads' midfield.