Sunderland winger Lynden Gooch says his spell on-loan last season prepared him for this term.
The USA Under-23 international made 10 appearances during a two-month loan spell at Doncaster Rovers last season before an ankle injury brought a premature end to his spell at the Keepmoat Stadium.
“Obviously, playing senior games was very important for me and I learned a lot being there, in and around that environment.
“It was tough. We struggled as a team and I was playing injured as well.
“I didn't realise it was as bad as it was at the time.
“But it was a good experience."