"The club have everything here - the stadium and the training ground are first class," said Cattermole after he signed a four-year contract at Sunderland.
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Cattermole, who once broke down in tears during his Middlesbrough days, has insisted he will thrive under heightened pressure at the Wearside club as he prepared to make his Sunderland debut at Bolton on Saturday.
An estimated 5,500 fans are expected to make the trip over the Pennines to watch former Wigan manager Steve Bruce's new-look side in action.
As far as Cattermole is concerned the prospect of playing in front of such an expectant audience was one of the chief attractions at the Wearside club.
"I lived in Manchester last season and Sunderland is a lot different," said Stockton-born Cattermole, 21.
"In Manchester there are about eight clubs locally, but up here there's only one club per city and there's a lot more focus on us.
"It means more pressure, but as a footballer that's what you want and I'm looking forward to it.
"The pressure up here was half the sale. Playing in front of 40,000-plus crowds will be brilliant. There are more fans and expectations up here and that's certainly a challenge."
Now he is desperate to get to work for Bruce to make sure Sunderland gets off to a flying start to the campaign.
"I feel fit and I've had a good pre-season," Cattermole added. "It'd be nice to get a game at Bolton if the gaffer picks me."