O'Donovan ready to take chance

Sunderland striker in determined mood

O'Donovan: Ready to make impact

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Sunderland striker Roy O'Donovan has vowed to make his mark on the Premier League as he lives out his dream on Wearside.

The 22-year-old Irishman joined The Black Cats in the summer form Cork City - but he has been forced to bide his time.

He started the weekend's 1-0 defeat against Chelsea and is now ready to make his mark.

Dream

"It is a dream come true. Every morning, I get up and go into training and there is a smile on my face constantly.

"It's a great club to be at and I am very happy.

"As a professional, you want to be involved more and play more games as time goes by, and hopefully now I can start making my mark here at this club."

O'Donovan admits it has taken time to adapt to the Premier League.

"That took a long time. Mostly, it is the speed and the intensity of the speed of the game," he said.

"The League of Ireland is not a bad standard, but just the sheer athleticism of the Premier League is unbelievable and it took me a while to get used to it.

"But hopefully now I am adapted to it. I feel fresh after my break and hopefully I can push on now.

"I feel fit and hopefully I can play my part now in us staying in this league and doing well for the next eight games."