Keiren Westwood: 'I need to play'

Westwood: 'I need to play'
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Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood suggests that he could leave the club this summer in search of regular first-team football.

Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has admitted that he would find it difficult to remain with the club next season without the guarantee of regular football.

The 28-year-old made just three appearances for the Black Cats last season, a total which cost him his place as Republic of Ireland's number one shot-stopper.

However, with current Sunderland number one Simon Mignolet nearing a move to Liverpool, a place could open up in the team for Westwood.

"I love it at Sunderland, but if I'm not going to play... It's a tough decision, but I need to play football, I think that's evident in itself," he told Press Association Sport.

Westwood joined Sunderland from Coventry City in 2011.

Should Pepe Reina depart for Barcelona, Sunderland number one Simon Mignolet is believed to be a target.
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