Just days after playing his final game for Ireland, John O’Shea is expected to sign a deal with championship side Reading. O’Shea was relegated with Sunderland to League One this season but it is expected now that he will join fellow Irish defender Paul McShane at the club.
It is expected that the Waterford native will sign a one year deal with Reading after discussions broke down with Sunderland manager Jack Ross and club chairman Stewart Donald regarding an extension to his contract at the club. The 37 year old joined Sunderland for £6 million 7 years ago and was a superb defender.
O’Shea was withdrawn after 33 minutes to raptures of applause at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night as Ireland beat USA 2-1 in a friendly in which was a send off for O’Shea. Speaking after the game O’Shea said ” It was a fantastic moment for me”. He went on to say further ” Obviously it was planned a while ago with the manager that I would come off earlier because my season finished a few weeks ago and I might have a couple of things to come up in a week or two.
O’Shea made an astounding 118 appearances for Ireland and went on to win several big tournaments with Manchester United where he made 256 appearances from 1999 to 2011, scoring 10 goals, winning the Premier league on 5 occasions, the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and UEFA FIFA World Cup. He will go down as one of the greatest Irish defenders to play the game.