Sunderland defender pushing for return

Sunderland defender Billy Jones is desperate to give David Moyes a selection headache as he looks to win his place back.

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The 29-year-old has been out all season with a hip problem but he featured in the Checkatrade Trophy win over Hartlepool on Tuesday night and is now hoping to break back into the first team.

When he is fully fit he will have to oust Javi Manquillo or Donald Love from his position, while Jason Denayer has also filled the role, but he is confident of a first team return.

He told the Echo: “That’s the aim, like every right-back at the club,” he said.

“Personally, as a player you want that competition for places in the squad, it pushes everyone on. Having strength in depth is massive in the Premier League, and the club have tried to do that with their recruiting in the transfer window.

“If you are not in that starting XI you have to try to push the lads who are and give the gaffer that selection headache that might force you back into the side.”

“And, if you get that chance, then you look to try to keep the shirt.”

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