LOUIS Saha says he hopes to hit the ground running at Sunderland – after being made to feel at home by some old mates.
The ex-Man United forward has found himself in familiar company in the Black Cats’ dressing room – with John O’Shea, Wes Brown and Phil Bardsley all having trained and played alongside him at Old Trafford.
And the striker believes that having settled in quickly, there’s nothing to stop him delivering from the start in his time at Sunderland.
“I’m very happy to be the club and already feel comfortable here,” he said.
“Of course it always helps when you already know someone at a new club and it has been great for me in having John, Wes and Phil already here.
“It means that you feel a bit more settled straight away but I have to say the rest of the squad have also been very quick to welcome me and make me feel part of things.
“It’s good to get that side of things out of the way so that you can concentrate completely on bring the best out of yourself in games.”
Saha is renowned as a hard-worker both in training and in games and admits he is proud of that reputation.
“I do work hard, so there’s reason why I shouldn’t say that,” he said.
“I’ve always believed in giving everything you’ve got in football and it is no different now that I am here in Sunderland.
“I have been a little behind others because I haven’t been at a club over the summer and haven’t had a normal pre-season.
“But I made sure that I went to specialist training camps and worked hard to make sure that I wasn’t far away at the start of the season.
“Now I’m just looking forward to it all and I’m convinced I can do well at Sunderland.
“I know that people have talked about my age but I have always been a very fit person and have continued to look after myself.
“I haven’t been lucky with injuries at times but I feel great right now and I hope to surprise people by playing more games that some might expect.
“I know that if I get the chance I can score goals for Sunderland and I’m already excited about playing alongside Stephane Sessegnon because I feel we could have a very good partnership.”