DeAndre Yedlin admits he felt 'blessed' to have had the chance to play for Sunderland.
The right-back's love affair with Wearside may not be over just yet, though, with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce due to hold talks over the futures of loanees Yann M’Vila and Yedlin over potentially remaining at the Stadium of Light.
Yedlin, who was on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur, played a key role in Sunderland’s successful escape from the drop after improving dramatically during the final four months of the season.
Ola Toivonen and Dame N'Doye are not expected back at Sunderland next year but there has been talk of a £2million move for Yedlin, who has kept Billy Jones out of the team in recent months.
Yedlin - currently with the USA squad ahead of the Copa America - admitted earlier this week he would consider a second tint at Sunderland if it becomes a possibility.
And now he has spoken of his love for all things red and white.
"My time at Sunderland has been unbelievable," said Yedlin.
"It’s my first run at Premier League soccer so I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity.
"Everybody at the club welcomed me in with open arms and the fans were amazing throughout the season, so I couldn’t have asked for a better club to start my time in England.
"I feel blessed to have had the chance to play for Sunderland.
"I didn’t know what to expect when I first came up here.
"People had spoken about the club and the fans but it’s been better than I could ever have wished for – even on the last day when we were playing for nothing the fans created an unbelievable atmosphere.
"The staff have treated me brilliantly and the players have a very tight-knit locker room, so it’s been an amazing experience from start to finish."