“I can’t wait to make my home debut for a special club” says new Sunderland striker Defoe

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker and Sunderland's Jermaine Defoe (right) compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.
Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker and Sunderland's Jermaine Defoe (right) compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.
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JERMAIN Defoe admits he cannot wait to make his home debut for “special club” Sunderland.

Gus Poyet’s Black Cats take on Fulham at the Stadium of Light on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round and Defoe is expected to make his home debut.

The 32-year-old, signed from MLS outfit Toronto last week, was paraded to the media this afternoon and he says he has settled in well to life on Wearside.

Defoe said: “It’s been good and it always helps knowing a few of the players when signing for a new club.

“The lads have been great.

“I spoke to Gus on a few occasions and I played with him at Spurs.

“Even before I met him he was someone I admired as a player.

“You know when a club really wants you and that is special, and I knew from my first conversation with Gus how much he wanted me.

“It feels like I have been here for years.

“I have always known over the years that it is a special club with special fans.

“I’m really looking forward to making my home debut.”

The former Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Portsmouth striker made his Black Cats debut in the defeat at White Hart Lane.

Defoe thought Poyet’s side deserved a point but is looking forward to picking up some wins soon for his new club.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge and I believe we will create a lot of chances for me and others to score goals,” added Defoe.

“First and foremost I want to be back here playing games and scoring goals. I’ve missed the Premier League.

“Overall there were a lot of positives to take from the Tottenham game.

“I thought we deserved a point.

“Hopefully we can get some points in the next few games.”