Sunderland midfielder Boudewijn Zenden signed off in style by scoring the opening goal in the Black Cats final day 3-0 victory at West Ham on Sunday.
The 34-year-old Dutchman will leave the Stadium of Light this summer in search of more regular first team football, but reflected positively on his time in the North East.
"The fans have been great with me," said the midfielder, who scored four goals in exactly 50 appearances for the club since joining on a free transfer from Marseille in October 2009.
"I have no complaints whatsoever and I hope they remember me in a good and positive way.
"If I come back in the future I hope they give me a good reception like the other teams I've played with."
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce praised Zenden's commitment, professionalism, and the influence he has had in the dressing room in his 19-month tenure on Wearside.
"When you get to a certain stage of your career, you want to be playing every week - I've been there when I went to Birmingham as a player.
"I couldn't guarantee him that so I understand his situation. But he's been fantastic for us and a great influence and we wish him all the best."
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