Will Grigg is determined to put last season behind him and fire Sunderland to promotion this time around.
He said: "Last season was tough for a number of reasons and I just never really got going. It's been good to have a full pre-season under my belt. I'm a confident boy and I will always back myself to get goals. I've done it before, with four promotions from this league and I've scored 20+ goals multiple times, so there's no reason why I can't do that again, and I'll be backing myself to do that this season. I'm feeling really good after a tough four or five weeks. For me personally it's probably one of the toughest pre-seasons I've done. So for the season to come around now, it's exciting. We've put a lot of distance in our legs which has been tough, but the gaffer is really good and it hasn't just been a lot of running, there's been a lot of ball work too. We've all worked really hard. For me personally last season was the lowest point of my career, and I'm sure that was the case for a lot of the boys as well. But we have to use it as a positive now. Nobody wants to feel that again, nobody wants to be in that position again, so we can use that as motivation for the season ahead. Everyone wants to be successful and we've spoken about that a lot in summer. We have to put it behind us, but also use it as motivation to be a success this time around. The new lads have settled really well. A lot of recruitment process is centred around the character of the lads, so we've added real quality to the squad, but really good lads as well. They've all fitted into the group really quickly after a nice initiation song in Portugal! It was good fun and they're all good lads."