James McFadden

New boy keen to take chance

by Stuart Vose

Opportunity knocks for McFadden.

James McFadden is itching to make the most of his chance at Sunderland after being handed a short-term contract by Martin O’Neill.

The forward had been on trial at the Academy of Light after leaving former club Everton at the end of last season.

McFadden, 29, officially became a Sunderland player this morning and believes the move is a good one for both parties.

“I’m delighted – this is a good chance to get back playing football and hopefully earn a longer-term contract,” he said.

“I’ve enjoyed my short time here so far and hopefully I can get the chance to play games and do well.

“I already knew some of the lads but the dressing room has been very welcoming. I felt settled from my first day so it’s been good.”

McFadden has had a couple of run-outs with the development squad to build his fitness and says he’s hoping to have a first-team impact soon.

“I’m getting there but I need games,” he said. “The training here is really good, very enjoyable and sharp and I’m feeling better every day.

“It’s a hard situation because the more games I play the fitter I’ll get, but at the same time I need to get a certain level of fitness before I can do that.

“I hope to be ready as soon as possible and do my bit for the team.”

He added: “The manager has told me to work hard and wait for my chance, and hopefully I can take it.

“I’m ready to go as soon as I’m asked – I’m just waiting until I’m needed.”

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