Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is determined to be the first-choice goalkeeper in the upcoming 2012/13 Premier League campaign.
The 27-year-old faces stiff competition from fellow custodian Simon Mignolet to be No.1 between the posts for Martin O'Neill's side.
Westwood reported for pre-season training a week ahead of schedule despite his Euro 2012 commitment with the Republic of Ireland, and is keen to impress his manager to cement his place in the starting line-up.
"I came back in early because I felt I didn't need as long off," he told the Sunderland Echo.
"I came in maybe a week before the other internationals because I wanted to get started. Me and Simon both need minutes. We're both training well and training hard and we'll see what happens.
"Simon's a good keeper, a good lad and we get on great. But of course, I want that jersey off him.
"Regardless of who you are, you have to earn your spot in the team and pre-season is a clean slate for everybody."
Sunderland will begin their Premier League campaign with an away game against Arsenal on Saturday 18th August.
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