Wayne Bridge is looking to help Sunderland progress up the table after completing his deadline day loan move from Manchester City.
The 31-year-old former England international could make his debut in Wednesday night's Premier League clash with Norwich at the Stadium of Light.
The player, who has only one appearance and 78 minutes of football to his name this season to date, has been impressed by the positivity at the club and hopes to play his part in pushing Martin O'Neill's side on.
He told SAFC TV: "I'm delighted to make the move. I have met the manager and the lads and everyone seems great.
"I'm just excited to start playing football and playing a few games. The club is on the up - the manager has come in and done very well.
"Just coming in and speaking to him, everything has been positive. I have trained with the lads and they are a great bunch who are feeling really positive.
"Hopefully I can help the club progress even more."
Bridge's only game this season came in a Carling Cup third round tie against Birmingham on 21st September, and he admitted he cannot wait to get started on Wearside.
He added: "I'm grateful for the chance and want to go out and work hard.
"I have looked at the fixtures and this month's quite busy with a game every few days. That's going to be good for me."