Joel Lynch is determined to make a success of his move to Sunderland.
The defender joined the Black Cats on a free transfer in the summer after his deal at Queens Park Rangers came to an end last season.
At 31, Lynch, who is currently working his way to full fitness, did have options to move elsewhere, however, the lure of playing in a winning side and for a club on the up was what attracted the defender to pen his Wearside move.
"People tell me all the time what a massive club it is and it is definitely true,” he said. “It's the biggest club I've played for and it's a great chance for me.
"The club has had its bad times but it has to be back in the top flight and it has to be a team that is winning games - particularly in this division - and I want to be a part of that and play a part in that success and that rise back to where it should be.
"I've got to the point in my career where I want a challenge and I think this can work out well.
"I've never had that much success during my career in terms of winning promotions and what have you,” he continued.
"I've always been at that sort of mediocre level - I've never been in the play-offs or been in a successful team so the challenge of coming here and being successful really appeals to me.
"I've always lacked that success and wanted it so badly and so now to come to a team that should be winning is a big attraction."