Fletcher boosted by Sunderland debut

New Black Cat: Steven Fletcher
New Black Cat: Steven Fletcher
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STEVEN Fletcher believes he will reap the rewards from his Sunderland debut after only a second outing since the end of last season.

Fletcher played an hour for the Black Cats in last night’s Capital One Cup victory over Morecambe after completing his £12million move to the Stadium of Light last week.

The 25-year-old featured just once for Wolves during pre-season after being sidelined by a minor ankle problem and the uncertainty over his future.

But after meeting the press for the first time at the Academy of Light today, Fletcher was delighted to have boosted his match sharpness with his Sunderland bow.

Fletcher said: “I did a full pre-season, but I missed a few of the games. I only played 45 minutes.

“Last night was good for me to get a few minutes under my belt.

“It’s obviously nice to get out there now that it’s all sorted out and hopefully I can repay the fans for their support.”

Martin O’Neill spent all summer chasing Fletcher before Sunderland finally agreed a £12m deal with Wolves last week.

And Fletcher admits it was a “frustrating” time after he was forced to hand in a transfer request with the Championship club in a bid to hasten his drean move to Wearside.

The Scottish striker added: “It took its time. Three or four bids were rejected and I was sitting there thinking it was never going to happen.

“But it’s done and now I can get settled and carry on.

“I think I’ve had it too easy in the past. Up until now, it’s just kind of happened and it’s me who has been called and told ‘You’ve been sold’.

“For it to drag on for so long was little a bit frustrating, but I am happy to be here now.

“I’m looking forward to the season.

“We showed last night that we’re an attacking team and some of the balls that the boys were putting in were fantastic. I just need to get on the end of them.”