Will Buckley is eager to restart his career after formally completing his loan switch to Leeds United.
The Sunderland winger’s three-month loan move to Elland Road was rubber-stamped today after spending the last week training with the Championship outfit.
Sunderland and Leeds have spent several weeks in talks over reaching a financial agreement for Buckley after Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat decided that the ex-Brighton winger was not part of his plans.
But now that the loan move has gone through, which will see Buckley remain at Leeds until January, the 25-year-old is desperate to get started after failing to make a first-team appearance this season.
Buckley said: “There were a few Championship clubs that got mentioned.
“I don’t think Sunderland were that keen on me going at first but they decided that was probably best for me and best for them, too.
“When Leeds came in, that was the club I wanted to go to.
“It’s a massive club with a good manager. I want to get some games and help this big club get back to where it needs to be.
“I just want to get back to playing football now and I think this is a great opportunity for me at a good club to get back to where I need to be
“I’ve not played much football over the last four or five months - I just want to get back out there and show what I can do.
“I made my way in the Championship and that was how I got the move to Sunderland.”
Buckley was brought to the Stadium of Light by his former Brighton manager Gus Poyet 12 months ago in a £2.5million deal, but after the Uruguayan’s dismissal last March, he has started just once in a red and white shirt.
If Buckley enjoys a successful loan spell with Leeds, then the deal is likely to be converted into a £1m permanent switch in January.