John O’Shea’s playing career will continue for another year.
The Ireland legend retired from international football at the weekend following Ireland’s 201 win over the USA, but has opted to continue playing at club level.
O’Shea spent the last seven seasons with Sunderland, who were relegated in successive seasons from the Premier League and Championship respectively. Now the 37-year-old will be back in England’s second tier with Reading.
Reports over the last week suggested as much, and now the move is official.
— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) June 6, 2018
“John has played and won at the very highest level – he has won five Premier League titles, been part of a European Cup-winning side and earned 118 caps for his country! He will bring us fantastic levels of experience and proven leadership qualities”, manager Paul Clement told the club’s official website.
“We looked very carefully at John’s recent playing statistics and he played a total of 40 games for Sunderland last season; he is still incredibly fit and a hugely motivated individual. So we look forward to him being a big contributor out on the pitch next season.”
The same reports mooted a possible backroom role for the Waterford man at the end of next season, though no such deal has been mentioned in the official announcement.