Lee Cattermole: Former Sunderland midfielder joins Dutch side VVV Venlo on trial
Former Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has joined Dutch Eredivisie side VVV Venlo on trial in the hope of earning a permanent deal.
Cattermole leaves after a 10-year association with the Black Cats, joining former team-mate Jerome Sinclair in the Netherlands.
The 31-year-old has also played for Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic in the Premier League.
Sunderland thanked Cattermole for being a "great servant" to the club.
"Sunderland is a special club and this decision has not been easy," said Cattermole, who chose to leave the League One club at the end of his contract in July.
"But I believe it is the right time to find a new challenge.
"The football club, over my 10 years, has had some fantastic managers, staff and players and I have been lucky to be part of that."
Known for his tough tackling, Cattermole has been shown 123 yellow cards during his career.