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Midfield duo Henderson and Meyler pen Sunderland deals

David Meyler and Jordan Henderson
Meyler (left) and Henderson have made an impression in the first team

Sunderland midfielders Jordan Henderson and David Meyler have signed new five-year contracts at the Stadium of Light.

Henderson, 19, and Meyler, 20, have established themselves in the Black Cats first-team and boss Steve Bruce has been impressed with their progress.

"I've been delighted with the way Jordan and David have applied themselves since I arrived at the club," Bruce said.

"Over the last nine months they've grasped the opportunity."

Henderson, a boyhood Sunderland fan, progressed through the club's academy to make his debut against Chelsea in November 2008, and having shown promise during a loan-spell with Coventry last season, has gone on to make 32 first-team appearances this season.

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He signed a deal in October taking him through to 2013, but has now agreed new terms.

Republic of Ireland under-21 international Meyler was signed from Cork City by former Wearsiders boss Roy Keane in July 2008, and has since made seven first-team outings following his Premier League debut against Blackburn in December 2009.



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