"I found it easy to move to the North East," Nosworthy told The Journal. "I was reluctant at one point but you have to be a man and make hard decisions and it's been the best decision I have made. Looking back now I would not have changed it for the world."
Ferdinand has slid down the Upton Park pecking order and with James Tomkins and James Collins returning to fitness he has further to fall. But 27-year-old Nosworthy has no doubts the man who could be his central defensive partner is good enough to play for Sunderland.
"He is a good defender and his own man in his own right," he added. "Everyone knows what he is capable of and he was a regular for long enough at West Ham."