Having just retired from international football, John O’Shea’s summer of change is set to continue as he prepares to join a new club.
The Sunderland Echo have reported that the Ireland legend is to leave Sunderland in the coming weeks to sign for Reading.
The 37-year-old’s contract expires this summer, and despite showing interest in staying with the recently-relegated club, he is now set to leave the Black Cats and join Reading on a one -year deal.
The report suggests that the deal will also include the option for O’Shea to join Paul Clement’s coaching staff should he decide to hang up his boots at the end of next season.
The defender joined Sunderland in 2011, moving to the Stadium of Light from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee. In all, he made over 250 appearances for the club in his seven-year spell – including 40 last season – and played under no fewer than eight mangers (including current Ireland boss Martin O’Neill) in his time on Wearside.
Sunderland are set to undergo a major overhaul this summer as they adjust to life in League One. Stewart Donald has recently taken over the ownership of the club from Ellis Short, while former St. Mirren boss Jack Ross has been appointed as the new first team manager following the departure of Chris Coleman in April.