David Healy has issued a “come and get me” plea in a bid to end his Sunderland misery.
Northern Ireland’s record goal-scorer has played only 64 minutes of first-team football this season with the Black Cats and a loan move in January now seems certain.
The former Fulham and Manchester United striker has been left a frustrated spectator as an unused substitute 15 times since the start of the campaign and has only came off the bench five times.
But now he is desperate to get back to his sharp-shooting best even if that means walking away from Sunderland.
Writing in his Belfast Telegraph column today, Healy admits his lack of first-team action must be put right — even if that means calling a halt to his career at the Stadium of Light and the Barclays Premier League.
“The time has come for me to look at other options if I am only going to get 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there at Sunderland,” said Healy, whose last club goal came against Stoke City back in February last year.
“I don’t know if anything will happen during this transfer window but I certainly have to consider it.
“When you train all week, all you want to do is play at the weekend and have something to show for your efforts.
“Going to Old Trafford, Anfield, the Emirates and Stamford Bridge is what football is all about. Unfortunately for me, most of my experiences have been as a substitute and it leaves you wanting more.
“The top flight is the best place to be and every player wants to experience it but if something happens and I move out of it, then so be it.
“I’m not above the Championship or League One. I’ve played there before and enjoyed it.
“It’s a no-brainer for me — if it is the best thing for my career to drop out of the Premier League then I will certainly do that but let's see what January brings.”
Championship side Coventry City tried to sign the 30-year-old during the summer and boss Chris Coleman is understood to be lining up another raid for his services.
Sheffield United and Derby County could also consider a loan move for the Killyleagh man.