Steven Pienaar sends message to Everton supporters after completion of Sunderland move

Everton's Steven Pienaar before the game

The former Toffees stalwart joined the Black Cats on a free transfer this week.

Everton's Steven Pienaar before the game

Steven Pienaar has sent a heartfelt message to Everton supporters after completing his move to Premier League rivals Sunderland.

The 34-year-old midfielder left Goodison Park after a total of eight seasons with the Merseyside club across two spells, after he was not offered an extension to his contract which ran out at the end of last season.

He had been training with Sunderland under his former Everton boss David Moyes, and the Scottish boss has now signed the South African for the third time in his career.

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Pienaar is likely to always be remembered fondly by Toffees fans, but he admitted on Twitter on Friday night that he would have liked the chance to say a proper goodbye.

He wrote: "I want [to] thank all the Everton fans for their support throughout my time at the club. It was unfortunate I did not get the opportunity to say a proper goodbye to the fans, I want all of you to know that I appreciate everything."

Pienaar's send-off was clearly heartfelt, and it will have been very hard to leave the club for good after playing 229 times.

The midfielder did, however, then switch his focus to his new club, and vowed to Sunderland supporters that he would give his all for the Wearside cause no matter what.

He added: "I am delighted and honoured that I have got the opportunity to play at Sunderland. I will play with my heart of [sic] my sleeve and give the club 100% commitment, it's the only way I know.

"I look forward to getting to know all the fans at Sunderland and I look forward to sharing great moments with you all."

Pienaar may not be fit enough to be involved for his new club this weekend, but he and his new supporters will hope that he still has enough left in the tank to play a significant role this season.

Everton's Steven Pienaar in action with Stoke City's Steven Sidwell and Geoff Cameron

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