Martin O'Neill has indicated he intends to keep David Meyler at Sunderland despite interest in the player from a host of Championship clubs.
Meyler was involved in just nine games for the Black Cats last season in an injury-hit campaign but has played the full 90 minutes in both of Sunderland's pre-season friendlies in South Korea.
The 23-year-old has been the subject of enquiries from several Championship sides, including Hull City - currently managed by former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.
But with three years remaining on the Irishman's contract at the Stadium of Light, O'Neill is in no rush to see Meyler leave the club.
"There's loads of people interested in Meyler," O'Neill told the Sunderland Echo.
"But I think he's got great courage and he's a really great kid. I like him a lot and I can understand why teams want him.
"But he's had some serious injuries and he's still as brave as ever."
The midfielder himself has no interest in a move away from Wearside and is instead targeting a first-team place at Sunderland.
Meyler added: "I don't know about any interest in me from any other clubs, but that's not what interests me at the moment anyway.
"I'm just interested in trying to get to my match fitness for the new season, hoping to show the manager what I can do.
"I've been delighted to be involved in the trip to South Korea and hopefully I'll get more opportunities ahead of the new season.
"It's great to be back playing again, I've had no problems with the old injury and it's just a case of trying to get as many matches as possible under my belt now."