Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nyron: I Can Still Be a Cats Survivor

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nyron: I Can Still Be a Cats Survivor

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Byline: Mark Douglas

NYRON Nosworthy believes he can remain one of Sunderland's great survivors, despite being pushed down the pecking order by the addition of Tal Ben-Haim and Calum Davenport.

The defender, targeting the Black Cats' trip to Anfield in a fortnight for an ahead-of-schedule return to the squad, feels his experience of fending off new signings over the past four years will help keep him central to Ricky Sbragia's plans.

Nosworthy has seen the likes of Danny Higginbotham, Stanislav Varga, Russell Anderson, Jonny Evans and Anton Ferdinand signed over the past two years, but has remained a pivotal part of Sunderland's back four. He has played virtually every game since the team returned to the Premier League.

His survival skills will be tested with the recruitment of defenders with top-flight pedigree in Ben-Haim and Davenport and Nosworthy admits the timing of his injury couldn't have been worse.

Although Sunderland boss Sbragia always intended to recruit at least one centre-back during the transfer window, Nosworthy's hamstring injury forced his hand - and left the 28-year-old facing a battle for a first-team spot. "It's frustrating because I was finding a bit of form with the partnership (with Danny Collins) and consistency," Nosworthy said.

"An injury puts you out of sync but it's part and parcel of football. When you come back you could be dropped but for me, I just have to make sure I come back strong and work harder.

"It's all change since I got injured with Tal Ben-Haim and Calum Davenport coming in. Competition is what everyone likes. If you don't, you don't like football. I thrive on working hard and it's better to have strength in numbers. When you get injuries, like me, it's good to have back up.

"We need new players. We had me, Anton, Danny who were the three main centre-backs, although Paul McShane came back from Hull. If any of us got injured we had trouble, so now we have strength in numbers. …

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