Northern Ireland star David Healy has revealed his desire to stay at Sunderland and fight for his place.
Healy has had a frustrating time at the Stadium of Light not playing nearly as much as he would have liked for the Black Cats since his arrival last year.
And with new Sunderland boss Steve Bruce bringing front men Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell for a combined £13.5 million to the club which already has Kenwyne Jones, Healy looks to be facing more time on the sidelines.
But instead of looking for another club, Healy is up for the challenge of making his mark with Sunderland.
Writing in his Belfast Telegraph column, the Killyleagh man said: “There is plenty of competition in the striking department but I am willing to stay and fight for my place at the club.
“I have been training hard in the summer and playing in pre-season games and come the start of the campaign my aim is to be at peak fitness for the manager if he calls on me to play, be that from the start or coming off the bench.
“I’m determined to do well for this club and believe I have a lot to offer Sunderland. Until I’m told that I’m no longer part of the manager’s plans that will remain the case.”