ANTON Ferdinand feels he could have flourished at Sunderland if boss Steve Bruce had shown more confidence in him.
The 26-year-old made a deadline day switch to Queens Park Rangers, despite showing good form for the Black Cats in the opening weeks of the season.
Ferdinand, talking at an event to support anti-racism campaign Kick It Out’s Action Weeks, said: “I believe I could have reached my potential at Sunderland under a manager like Steve Bruce, who was one of the best defenders of his era.
“I believe if I would have been given that chance and given the confidence from him I could have lived up to my potential.
“When I did get the confidence from him at the start of this season, then you saw a different me in a Sunderland shirt.
“At the time I thought I’d got the love and credit I deserved at the club, then next thing you know I wasn’t there any more.
“I’d like to think that with the start I had he’d have wanted to keep me, but he’s the only one who can answer that question.”
Ferdinand admitted Sunderland tried to sell him to Ukrainian side Dnipro, a move that did not appeal to him.
“When that offer came I think they were going to get quite a big sum for me so obviously the club were pushing for me to go, but it didn’t interest me,” he said.
“And when I said it didn’t interest me they said, ‘we won’t be able to offer you a new contract’.
“Because I only had a year left I had to think about it a bit more. But Ukraine wasn’t the one for me.”
Ferdinand is now feeling positive about his future, despite QPR’s 6-0 hammering at Fulham at the weekend.
He added: “Neil Warnock has restored my confidence.
“He talks to me about my game, his man-management seems to be spot on.
“(At Fulham) It was at times embarrassing being on the pitch. It’s unfortunate that it came just before the international break so there’s time before the next game and it’s going to be hard not to dwell on it.
“Having so many new players there is going to a come a time where you are going to come unstuck and things like this are going to happen.
“Just because we’ve gelled in the first couple of games doesn’t mean that we’re not still trying to get to know each other. At times in the game it showed.”