Sunderland Association Football Club announced this week that former foreign secretary David Miliband has joined the board of the Premier League outfit.
Mr Miliband, long considered a future Labour leader, stepped down from front line politics after narrowly losing the leadership race to his brother Ed.
He remains MP for South Shields and has taken on a role as non-executive vice chairman of the club.
Club Chairman Niall Quinn said his knowledge and expertise could help Sunderland grow on the world stage.
He said: “We are delighted and honoured to welcome David to Sunderland and I am certain he can bring an extra dimension to us as a club.
“He is already a great champion of our ethos of community involvement and will be a fabulous asset on this front.”
“As a former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with worldwide knowledge and links, he can also help us become better known around the world as we look to grow and develop the club on an international stage.”
“His unique skills will certainly complement our highly talented existing board members whose areas of expertise include marketing and commercial, legal and finance.”