Sunderland summer signing Keiren Westwood thinks the club are on the brink of a 'golden era' at the Stadium of Light.
Unveiled at the club yesterday after making a free transfer move from Coventry City, the Republic of Ireland international will be competing for the No.1 spot on Wearside against Simon Mignolet and Craig Gordon next term.
With a handful of signings at the club during the transfer window thus far, the 26-year-old is confident success is just around the corner under Steve Bruce, and that the Black Cats fans could be in for a treat next season on Wearside.
“I’m delighted to be here. I think this is a good time to be a Sunderland fan and a good time to be a Sunderland player," said the former Carlisle United keeper.
“The people coming through the door are established players with a lot of medals in their cabinets, and long may that continue.
“You don't need to sell a club of this size, you just look round the training ground, the stadium and see the average attendance last season and you know this is a place you want to be.”
Despite having a number of options on the table following the conclusion of his contract at the Ricoh Arena, a return to the north was the 'logical step' for the player, who insists he has received no assurances over a starting spot next season.
“There were a few clubs in for me but I met the manager and got a great feel for the place when I came up and I felt wanted. He said he had tried to sign me a few times beforehand and the general feel for the place was brilliant so this was the next step for me," Westwood continued.
“I have to play well and earn my place in the team. I don’t think anyone gets any assurances you’ll play, you obviously have to play well to get in the team and then play brilliantly to stay in it and deserve your place.”
“I have worked hard to get here but to perform at the next level you have to perform even harder and I am under no illusions it is going to be easy."
Westwood could make his debut for the Black Cats tonight, when the club take on York City in their first pre-season friendly.