Sunderland’s David Meyler says he will stay at club and fight for his place in Martin O’Neill’s team

Sunderland's David Meyler insists he will stay and fight for his first-team place.
Sunderland's David Meyler insists he will stay and fight for his first-team place.
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DAVID Meyler remains confident he can force his way into Martin O’Neill’s plans after insisting he has never contemplated leaving Wearside.

The 22-year-old has been a regular on the bench under O’Neill, but has made just one substitute outing since February despite the Black Cats boss expressing a wish to see his fringe players over the season’s finale.

But despite interest in a loan move for Meyler from the Championship, the Irish midfielder is determined to return for pre-season training in peak condition, in a bid to impress O’Neill ahead of his first full campaign in charge.

Meyler told SportMail: “Obviously, I haven’t played as much as I would have wanted to.

“But I have never even considered leaving or going out on loan.”

Read more of Meyler’s thoughts, plus Lee Cattermole’s comments on the big match this weekend against Manchester United, in today’s Sportmail.