Keiren Westwood considered leaving Sunderland

Westwood considered Sunderland exit
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Kieren Westwood admits that he considered taking a pay cut and leaving Sunderland for first-team football.

Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has revealed that he considered leaving the Stadium of Light in order to seek first-team football.

The 28-year-old has admitted that he was willing to take a pay cut and drop into the Championship just so he could be first pick in the ranks.

"Yes, I think the summer was going to be a bit of a crossroads for me," Westwood told the Shields Gazette. "I actually love it here, it's a fantastic club and I get on great with everybody. I've got a lot of good friends here.

"It would have been a wrench to leave, but on the other side of it, I have to think of my career. I want to play. Everybody knows I want to play. It's not in my nature to sit on the bench.

"I would rather go and play for a Championship team on less money and play every week, just so I get that buzz on a Saturday."

While Westwood will no longer have to compete with Simon Mignolet, who recently signed for Liverpool, he will have to fight for his spot with new signing Vito Mannone.

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