Jack Colback is excited to get to work under new manager Martin O'Neill.
The 22-year-old central midfielder, who spent time on loan at Ipswich Town last season and the one before, had cemented himself as a regular in the team under the previous regime.
Colback has made 14 appearances so far this term, but admits that he is starting over now, just like the rest of the playing staff.
"Everyone is keen to try and please the new manager and everyone is starting from scratch," he explained. "I know I need to keep working hard and hopefully I'll catch his eye. It's strange having to impress all over again."
Colback, who is still searching for his first goal in red and white stripes, is fully aware that results so far this season have been disappointing, but is determined to turn things around and get Sunderland moving up the table.
He said: "It's a fresh start and we have to push on now and get some results because they haven't been good enough of late.
"Like everyone I'm trying to impress and make sure the manager picks me. I want to do well individually and more importantly help turn the team's fortunes around."
The Black Cats welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Stadium of Light this Sunday lunch time in what will be a crucial game in the battle to beat the drop.