And after months of rehabilitation following his leg break in pre-season training, he now sees light at the end of the tunnel.
He said: “It’s the best feeling. All those late nights and long days in the gym, this is when it really pays off.
“You can do all the training, you can play for the Under 21s to build up your fitness but what really matters is getting back on the pitch and playing for the first team.
“I’m just so happy. I spoke with the boss during the week after getting through 90 minutes and having an impact for the Under 21s and he felt the same and I travelled to Sunderland.
“Hopefully at the weekend I can get more game time and go from there.”