‘I’m back’ – Ex-Rangers striker returns to former club for ‘one last dance’
The 39-year-old joins the Black Cats on an ‘initial contract’ until the end of the season following his exit from Ibrox last month.
Defoe and Rangers have made the decision to part ways amicably.
The former England striker had been part of the management team under Steven Gerrard and still had a playing role. This changed after the arrival of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Defoe, who is among the top ten goalscorers in Premier League history, played his part in helping Rangers win the league title last season.
Sunderland emerged as the favourites, with the player having fond memories of his time at the Stadium of Light where he was a fan favourite. He scored 37 goals in 93 games.
The striker will aim to help the club win promotion from the English League 1 where he currently sits third.
“I can’t help but smile because it’s a special gesture for me for so many reasons,” Defoe told the Sunderland website.
“I got so many messages saying, ‘remember when you said you would come back’, like I said I would one day and when I left I wasn’t ready to leave. J I have a special bond with the fans here and the club is in a fantastic position to promote.
“I want to be part of more special times here and I can’t wait to be there.”
Aaron Ramsey: Where does he fit in this Rangers squad?