Poom thanks Sunderland fans

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Mart Poom has thanked Sunderland's fans after effectively ending his Stadium of Light career.

The Estonian keeper has agreed an extension to his loan deal at Arsenal, which was due to run out in January.

With Mick McCarthy having goalkeeping problems as he rotates Kelvin Davis and youngster Ben Alnwick, and Poom battling with Manuel Almunia to be Jens Lehmann's understudy, it was thought he could return to Sunderland.

As full back Justin Hoyte was the other player in the swap deal, and could act as cover for injured duo Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy, an extension of the arrangement is a little surprising.

"I want to thank the Sunderland fans," Poom told the club's official website. "I always had a great relationship with them.

"It's a great club to play for.

"Sunderland's fans are demanding because they are passionate about their club and I really enjoyed playing for them."

Poom is out of contract in the summer so he will reassess his options then.

Meanwhile, McCarthy has recalled Daryl Murphy from his loan stint at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Irishman started four games for The Owls but failed to find the net.