Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has warned team-mate Marton Fulop he has no intention of surrendering the number one spot after making a successful comeback from injury.
The £9million Scotland international saw his Hungarian counterpart take over last season as injury wrecked his campaign but the 26-year-old returned to action in Monday night's 4-1 Carling Cup second round victory at Norwich and turned in an accomplished display.
Gordon said: "Who knows what will happen now? I'm sure the manager realises that Marton and I both want to be the club's number one, and that competition can only be good for the club."
He added: "We play Stoke this weekend and we will have to wait and see what team the manager picks.
"I'm sure he will assess the squad for the rest of the week."
Gordon's return to fitness has seen him win back his place in the Scotland squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Holland.
However, he was delighted just to be back in action at Carrow Road after a miserable second season on Wearside.
He said: "I was pleased with the way my comeback went.
"I wasn't sure what to expect from my knee in my first game back, and I suppose I was a little bit tentative with my kicking to start with. But as the game went on, I got more confident as I realised the knee is back to normal."