LIAM LAWRENCE SIGNS NEW DEAL, PLUS PAYMENT DETAIL
Lawrence signs new deal
By Nick Alexander , 1 Aug 2006
Liam Lawrence has signed a new contract at Sunderland, keeping him at the Stadium of Light until 2010.
The midfielder, 24, has been given a new four-year deal after impressing manager Niall Quinn.
Lawrence had a year to run on his previous contract.
"Liam Lawrence has a vital role to play for us." said Quinn. "He impressed in what was a very difficult season last year and in a more positive environment we hope to reach the levels his talents deserve."
Quinn added: "Liam is an international of the near future and there are exciting days ahead for the club, the player and fans alike."
Lawrence signed for Sunderland from Mansfield Town in June 2004, for £175,000, which increased to £325,000 after Sunderland won promotion to the Premiership in 2005.
The right-sided player scored six goals in 21 starts in his first season at Sunderland and was one of the Black Cats' better players last season.
Sunderland will pay Mansfield an extra £50,000 if Lawrence wins a full cap for the Republic of Ireland.
Lawrence has been in the last two Ireland squads without making an appearance for Steve Staunton's side.