Charis Mavrias hasn’t given up hope of resurrecting his Sunderland career under new manager Dick Advocaat.
The Greek winger is back at the club for pre-season training after a spell on loan at Panathinaikos.
I need to get playing time under my feet and show what I can offer. Definitely my priority right now is Sunderland.Charis Mavrias
And he’s keen to impress Advocaat and make up for lost time on Wearside – or look for another club.
Mavrias, who joined Sunderland from Panathinaikos in 2013, has made just six appearances for the Black Cats.
He said: “This is my third year in Sunderland and the second where I get to be substantially involved in pre-season from the outset.
“I think it’s time to get a chance to show I can count, otherwise if you don’t do this we will see what happens in the future.
“I need to get playing time under my feet and show what I can offer.
“Definitely my priority right now is Sunderland.
“But, like I said, if I don’t then we will see how things develop and either go abroad or return to Panathinaikos.
“I want to be somewhere where I will be wanted.
“I’m here to begin preparations (for the season) and depending on the decisions of the coach and the technical director, and how the situation will evolve.
“We will see how things are and how they move.
“Everyone needs a little patience as it can slow to clear up the matter.”
Despite Mavrias’s hopes, Sunderland remain keen to sell the Greek international this summer, with just 12 months remaining on his contract.
Mavrias was signed for £2.5million by former director of football Roberto De Fanti when Paolo Di Canio was manager.
However, the Italian was sacked just a few weeks into the season, to be replaced by Gus Poyet.
Mavrias featured prominently in pre-season last summer under Poyet, and the Uruguayan spoke in glowing terms about the winger – only to barely give him a first-team chance.
It was a situation the 21-year-old admits left him bemused.
“The second year, maybe it was the ugliest,” he said.
“I believed the good words that were said about me.
“I played all the games but after that I didn’t know what I changed, what went wrong, and opportunities were not given me that I could get to show my value.”