Westwood wants Cats jersey

The Republic of Ireland international has officially completed a

move to Wearside, penning a three-year contract with the Black

Cats. He arrives on a free transfer, having allowed his contract to

run down at Coventry, but has forged quite a reputation during his

time in the Championship. At 26 years of age he could be a key

figure for Sunderland in the years to come, with Steve Bruce’s

transfer activity this summer keeping one eye on the future.

Westwood hopes he can be a success at the Stadium if Light and has

no plans to play back-up to Craig Gordon or Simon Mignolet – having

already tasted disappointment once in his career. “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.” Sunderland have also

wrapped up a deal for former Birmingham midfielder Sebastian

Larsson, with the Swede having penned a three-year contract of his

own. He is another new recruit who will be looking to make an

immediate impact next season, with the Black Cats setting their

sights on a top-six challenge in 2011/12. Larsson said: “This is a

huge club with big ambitions and it’s heading in the right

direction. “I’m looking forward to working with the manager again.”