Wes Brown has revealed his delight at returning to action for Sunderland, as the defender helped his team to victory against Spurs in their Barclays Asia Trophy encounter.
The 33-year-old scored in the 3-1 win and Brown announced his pleasure to be back in the first team after a lengthy absence.
"It's good to be back, it's been a long time," Brown explained to the Sunderland Echo.
Brown's last competitive appearance for the club came in January 2012, with Sunderland coming close to agreeing a settlement for the last two years of his deal.
But despite picking up a knee problem last summer, Brown has been a constant member of this year's pre season training as he continues to work hard.
"It was good to get a few more minutes under my belt on Wednesday and carry on the pre-season as I have been doing," he said.
"It's always a bonus to get a goal, but first and foremost, it's just just good to be back in training, doing everything back with the lads," he added.
Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation last season and Brown revealed how boss Paolo Di Canio has been pushing the players to ensure they steer clear of danger this time out.
"Training has been hard, I'm not going to lie. But we've done it and hopefully that will help us and get us going to a good start in the season."
After their victory over Tottenham, Sunderland now face Manchester City in the final of the Barclay Asia Trophy on Saturday.
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