Dwight Yorke believes he can still a job for Sunderland after impressing against Arsenal at the weekend.
The 36-year-old marked his first appearance of the season with a man-of-the-match performance in the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.
The former Aston Villa and Manchester United ace hopes he has done enough to prove to Roy Keane that he deserves his place in the side.
"I have been in the game long enough to know what is required in The Premier League and I feel that I can have a part to play in the team," Yorke told the Sunderland Echo.
Hung in there"I was given a chance against a very tough team, but I felt that I hung in there.
"I knew the competition for places was going to be tough this season. The manager expressed that to me before I put pen to paper.
"But I felt I could compete with these young lads - if I didn't believe that, I would have walked away and lead a very quiet life and enjoyed the sunshine.
"But I have a lot of desire. The legs are perhaps not as fast as I would like but I have got the experience and hopefully I took my chance with both hands on Saturday."