Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy has signed a new contract, committing him to the Barclays Premier League club until summer 2012.
The Brixton-born centre-back is the third player this week to have agreed new terms at the Stadium of Light, following contracts for midfielder Jordan Henderson and goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
Manager Steve Bruce said: “Nyron knows this club inside out and is a hugely popular member of the squad. He has impressed me since I came here in the summer.
“He has a great work ethic and typifies the physically strong presence that good teams need in the Premier League, so I’m delighted he has committed his future to Sunderland.”
Nosworthy, 29, joined Sunderland on a free transfer in June 2005 after his contract expired at Gillingham – with whom he had begun his career.
He has played at both right-back and centre-back for the Black Cats and was voted joint North East Football Writers Player of the Year in 2007.
However, he has found opportunities limited this season – with Michael Turner and Anton Ferdinand the current preferred pairing in central defence.
Nosworthy has started just one league match this season – the 1-0 defeat at Stoke – but figured in both Carling Cup victories, against Norwich and Birmingham.