David Vaughan is hoping to use his experience for Wales in the Euro 2012 qualifiers this weekend to show Steve Bruce he’s capable of starting for Sunderland on a regular basis.
The Black Cats signed Vaughan this summer, with the midfielder leaving relegated Blackpool to join the north east club. While the 28-year-old started the side’s season opener against Liverpool, he was an unused substitute against Newcastle and Swansea.
But Vaughan is likely to start for Wales in the forthcoming clashes against Montenegro and England, and the star hopes to use this game time to show that he’s ready to feature for Sunderland.
“I have enjoyed it so far at Sunderland. I am getting used to a new environment but it has gone quite well,” Vaughan said.
“I played in the first game at Liverpool, I came on, but I have not played since.
“That’s been a bit disappointing but going to a new club you sometimes have to wait and bide your time.
“This week gives me an opportunity to play some games for Wales hopefully, and if I can do well it will help my chances of playing more regularly for Sunderland.”
The Black Cats face Chelsea in a tough match after the international break, then take on Stoke and Norwich.
The side have had a tough start to the season, despite a hard fought 1-1 draw with Liverpool in their opening weekend. The Black Cats drew with Swansea, lost to Npower Championship side Brighton in the Carling Cup second round, and lost to Newcastle 1-0 at the Stadium of Light in their next three.
Vaughan will no doubt be looking forward to helping turn the side’s fortunes around when he returns from international duty.