Sunderland's new signing Darren Bent is relieved to have finally sealed his move to Wearside.
His club record £10million move from Tottenham was finally completed on Wednesday evening after days of uncertainty surrounding the move.
But England striker Bent was delighted to have finally put pen-to-paper.
"It has been a frustrating time, as I am sure many people are aware of, but I never let it get me down," Bent told Sky Sports News.
"The amount of messages I received from Sunderland fans, wishing me to come here wanting me to play, was key for me coming here and now I am here, I am delighted and just want to kick on."
Bent was quick to praise his new bosses, manager Steve Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn, who continued to pursue him despite a number of set-backs.
"A lot goes on behind the scenes, Steve Bruce and Niall Quinn worked really hard behind the scenes to make this happen," he said.
"On a couple of occasions it was close and got knocked back again and they stick with it and showed faith in me and I am delighted.
"The passion of the club, I played here last season for Tottenham and it was a strange atmosphere as they really got behind their team."
Bent refused to go into detail about his time at Tottenham, adding: "I have got my thoughts on Tottenham and what happened to me, but I don't want to get into out.
"I want to focus on the future at Sunderland Football Club and hopefully have a better experience here than I did there.
"My time at Tottenham is over, I am Sunderland player and I am delighted to be here."