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Westwood desperate to claim Sunderland number one spot

Keiren Westwood has joined Sunderland with the ambition of becoming their first-choice keeper. The Republic of Ireland international has signed a three-year contract with the Black Cats.

At 26 years of age the former Coventry stopper hopes he can be a success at the Stadium if Light and has no plans to play back-up to Craig Gordon or Simon.

"Getting released by [Manchester] City as a 19-year-old was the kick up the backside I needed," he said.

"It gave me the hunger and desire to prove a lot of people wrong.

"I've come here to play first-team football. I know it'll be a tough contest with the other lads who are vying for the shirt and it's all about competition."

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