David Meyler is hoping his loan spell at Hull will see him return to the north east as a more rounded player.
The midfielder has joined the Tigers until New Year's Day to get first-team football under his belt having featured mainly off the bench for Sunderland in the early stages of the season.
Meyler appeared as a 56th-minute substitute during Hull's 2-1 defeat at Cardiff over the weekend and is excited at the prospect of regular football.
Speaking to Hull's official website before the reverse in South Wales, Meyler revealed he was "delighted" to make the move, adding:
"I spoke to Martin O'Neill and we both agreed that coming to Hull to get some games under my belt would be the best thing for me.
"Obviously I haven't played a full 90 minutes for Sunderland in the league this season.
"I'm just looking forward to playing football. I'm only 23 years of age. I want to continue improving and developing my game and that's what I'm here to do."