Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Connor Wickham's contract extension

We compile the best reaction from Sunderland fans to Connor Wickham's new long-term deal, which he signed today.

Sunderland fans are delighted that Connor Wickham has put pen to paper on a new deal, which will keep him at the club until 2019. 

Wickham's original deal was due to expire in the summer, but he will now be kept at the Stadium of Light until he is 25, if he stays for the duration of the contract. 

The striker's future had looked uncertain, but this news should have ended any speculation that he could be set to move away from the Wearside. 

Wickham has taken a long time to decide whether or not to commit his long-term future to the side. The club had been trying to do a deal since the summer, but only sit down talks with Gus Poyet in the past fortnight have actually managed to get the deal over the line. 

So far this season, Wickham has regularly been used out wide, rather than in his preferred position of through the middle, and it is thought that he seeked assurances that he still had a future up-front for the club. 

The task for the powerful 21-year-old will now be to fulfil his potential and iron out any weaknesses in his game.

Wickham, on his day, is a major threat to any defence in the country and looks the complete centre-forward.

However, his form has been inconsistent and, prior to a good run of displays more recently, there were concerns over the standard of his displays at the start of the season. 

The good news for Wickham is that he appears to be a permanent inclusion in Gus Poyet's starting line-up and the Uruguayan boss is likely to start planning his team around the England youth international's talents now that his long-term future is sorted.

Here is the best reaction from Sunderland fans to the news of Wickham's contract extension on social media site Twitter. 

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