KEIREN Westwood hopes to keep the gloves for tomorrow’s pre-season clash with Burnley at Turf Moor tomorrow.
And the new signing wants to be involved in all the remaining games leading up to the start of the new season at Liverpool on August 13.
Westwood played his first game for Sunderland on Wednesday as the Black Cats notched a 2-1 victory over Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock.
And he said: “I just need games now. The more involvement I can have the better.
“I felt fine in the Kilmarnock game and, to be honest, it was just a relief to finally pull on the jersey after all this time in pre-season sitting on the sidelines.
“You get your sharpness by playing games and for me, the more games the better now.”
Westwood had been a spectator up until the Kilmarnock game as the club took every precaution to ensure that shoulder surgery undergone by the keeper at the end of last season was successful.
And the Republic of Ireland international revealed that he didn’t suffer the slightest reaction after the midweek game at Rugby Park.
“I didn’t give it a second thought,” said the 26-year-old.
“I’ve been in full training for a few weeks now, so I’ve been throwing myself around and diving on the ground and it hasn’t been a problem.
“The shoulder needed sorting out but it was never going to be a particular problem and it’s now completely sorted.
“I’ve got a clean bill of health, so it a case of just building up that match sharpness. The manager chooses the team. It’s up to him to decide who plays in these warm-up games.
“But I’m willing and able and just want to be involved as much as I can .
“I’m already looking forward the new season and the way things are going I’m sure that everyone in the squad will be ready when it gets under way.”