Former Liverpool and Watford striker Jerome Sinclair raring to go at Sunderland after injury setback
Jerome Sinclair is hoping to make up for lost time at Sunderland after a frustrating start on Wearside.
The forward signed on a season-long loan from Watford in the summer but suffered a hamstring injury after coming off the bench on the opening day of the season against Charlton.
After a frustrating spell on the sidelines, Sinclair made his first league start against Fleetwood earlier this month, and looked lively after coming off the bench against Rochdle last weekend.
The 22-year-old is keen to get minutes under his belt in League One, and believes Sunderland is the perfect place to do it.
“You get to a stage where you have to assess where you’re at,” said the forward.
“It’s important that I am playing regularly and I haven’t been able to do that over the last few years.
"To come and get the chance to show what I can do and help the team, and try to help the club back to where it needs to be, can only be a good thing.
“I came here to get as many minutes in as I can hopefully I can do that and to get playing on a regular basis. I want to have a positive impact on the team."
Sinclair also revealed that Jack Ross was a major reason behind his decision to join the Black Cats, as well as the stature of the club.
“Speaking to the manager was a major part of the decision making to come to this club," Sinclair added.
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“It is a massive club, a Premier League club, to speak with him and to hear how he viewed me fitting in and being a big part of the team is very important.
“For me at my stage of my career I need minutes.
“I am not as young as I would like to be, but I still have a lot of years in the game ahead of me."
The forward also consulted some of his Watford team-mates before deciding to make the move to Wearside.
“Watford is a good club, with a good first team. But I was just training all the time, not getting off the bench much, and that was frustrating because I wanted to play more. Obviously you have take the highs with the lows, that’s football. For me I am now looking forward to the future.
“The different managers can come in, they have to try and impress quickly and those players with less experience can sometimes be a disadvantage.
“I spoke to a few players who had played here, Younes Kaboul, Jack Rodwell, they told me a bit about the club.
“Speaking to the manager as well, you could see it is a project where they are looking to start again to get it in the right direction. It was a no brainer.
“As a player you look at the club as a whole. As player you have your own situation in terms of where you fit with the team and the manager, and then you also have to consider the club as a whole, and Jack said he was looked after here so that was in my mind.”