England striker Darren Bent is delighted with the way things have gone since he opted to leave Tottenham Hotspur and head to Sunderland just over a year ago.
The 26-year-old has scored 32 goals in 49 appearances for the Black Cats and has forced his way back into the international reckoning, having seen his career stall during his time at White Hart Lane.
Bent told The Guardian: "As soon as Sunderland came in for me I knew I wanted to go.
"They are a massive club with a passionate following and they were promising regular football. I didn't have too much to think about.
"I'm playing football regularly again, the goals are going in for me again and the people round here are really appreciative.
"It's everything I wanted, really, and I think getting a regular game gets me noticed when internationals come around.
"When you are at a club and you are not playing all the time, it is not ideal as I have said before, but that's all behind me now.
"I've come to a club that wants to play me and I couldn't be happier."