Roy Keane has said he is pleased that Irish striker Roy O'Donovan is staying at Sunderland.
O'Donovan had been set for a loan move to Dundee United at the end of the transfer window, before the switch fell through.
And Keane feels that the former Cork City star will be valuable for his side this season.
"There was a possibility of him going to a club in Scotland but because he had already played in Ireland and here this year, there was some rule blocking it," Keane told Sunderland's official website.
"In hindsight, it's a good thing. We need Roy here.
"He's looked very good - lively in games and in training. He's settled in very well."
Keane hopes that keeping hold of the likes of O'Donovan will give his squad some depth this year.
"I made a mistake last year letting lots go out on loan and it left us short in one or two games. With the injuries we have, I'm delighted Roy is still here."
However Keane warned that O'Donovan may not make a massive impact straight away.
"We shouldn't expect too much from Roy. It can be a shock to the system when you come from Ireland to a club the size of Sunderland."