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Craig Gardner is loving it here!
Published : 17 Feb 2012 08:57:15
Gardner puts the homesickness rumours to bed.
Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has rubbish gossip that he has been suffering from home sickness and looking for a move away from Wearside.
Instead reading through the lines of his quotes he was sick of Steve Bruce sticking him on the bench, since the legend Martin O’Neill came to the club things have swung around and rightly so.
Gardner said: "I've heard a lot about 'homesickness', but I don't really think its right to describe it as that,"
"I came to Sunderland under Steve Bruce and I wasn't playing and it was tough for me, not playing.
"Me and Steve Bruce had a chat about it, but I've never once come out and said that I was homesick and wanted to leave.
"It's just that I thought to myself, 'Why did I come here?' I'd come here to play, and I wasn't playing.
"'I could have gone somewhere else and been playing. I could have stayed in Birmingham and kept on playing'.
"It's all about playing, if you're going to be happy.
"Don't get me wrong, I don't mind fighting for my place, but I felt as though I wasn't getting a fair crack of the whip.
"I felt as though I wasn't being played in my right position - felt as if I was being reined in.
"Those were the things that made me unhappy and think that, if it wasn't going to work out, then it might be better for me to go back to the West Midlands, where there were plenty of opportunities.
"The truth was that I found it tough when I first got here, for a variety of reasons, but it has gradually improved to the point where I'm really enjoying it and looking forward to the games.
"I think everyone in the squad is."
"We've become a tight-knit unit and whether you're playing or not, you're feeling part of it.
"I've been here now six months and I've got to say that I'm loving it here, I genuinely am. I'm enjoying it, I'm settled, and I want the fans to know that.
"I want to keep my head down and keep going and keep helping the club progress."