KRISTJAAN Speakman believes Patrick Roberts can get even better at Sunderland after the winger put an end to the uncertainty surrounding his future by signing a new long-term deal at the Stadium of Light, in what is a major boost for the Black Cats.

The former Manchester City forward was in the final months of his previous contract, which was due to expire at the end of this season, and Sunderland's Championship rivals were monitoring the 26-year-old's situation, with Southampton having made a late move to sign the winger in the summer window.

But Roberts has now committed his future to Sunderland and put pen to paper on a new deal until the summer of 2026, with the Black Cats having the option of extending the contract by a further year.

Roberts said: “I’ve enjoyed every moment of being here and I’m delighted to get the deal done.

"The supporters have been great with me and it’s been an enjoyable journey so far, and long may that continue. Sunderland is a huge club with huge expectations – I can’t wait for the next few years together and hopefully we’ll have more success along the way."


Speakman, Sunderland's sporting director, added: "Patrick has been at the heart of our progress throughout the last two seasons, and he has grown into an important member of our group.

"He possesses some elite qualities and at the age of 26, we firmly believe he can continue to develop, improve and evolve. We are really happy that he has signed a new deal and his commitment to the club not only signifies his belief in our progression, but also our constant pursuit to improve.”

Roberts has made 79 appearances for Sunderland since joining in January last year. The winger signed for Manchester City from Fulham when he was a teenager and then had a number of loan spells at six different clubs.

He settled at Sunderland and has established himself as a hugely important player for Tony Mowbray's side.