Sunderland midfielder Carl Winchester has spoken of his pride at joining the Black Cats, revealing he told his agent to work on a move “straight away” after learning of their interest.
The 27-year-old joined the Stadium of Light outfit from League Two side Forest Green in January, penning a two-and-a-half-year deal after moving for an undisclosed fee.
Winchester, a Northern Ireland international, has made eight appearances to date for Sunderland, three of which have been starts.
And on Tuesday, he completed his first 90 minutes for the Black Cats in the 1-0 win over Swindon at the Stadium of Light.
Following the victory over the Robins, Winchester expressed his delight at having made the move, and is eager to repay manager Lee Johnson for his faith.
“It was out of the blue really, but that just shows the faith the gaffer has in me,” Winchester told Chronicle Live.
“I’m thankful of that and hopefully my performances will start to show it.
“I was buzzing. It’s like anything, if you’re playing at Forest Green and a club like Sunderland comes in, it’s unbelievable. I’m honoured to be here and I’m buzzing really.
“Everything is just amazing here. The facilities, the stadium, it’s incredible. it’s still a Premier League club and I’m just honoured to be here.
“My agent just said Sunderland were interested and I said straight away, ‘make it happen’.
“To be fair, Forest Green were brilliant with me. I’d done well there and they said they wouldn’t stand in my way.
“I’m glad to get it done and over the moon to be here.”
Winchester has had to bide his time at Sunderland, not helped by an injury he sustained last month, but now he looks up and running.
It’s great to hear how delighted he is to have moved to the Stadium of Light, and hopefully his first full season at the club will be in the Championship.