Billy Jones' Sunderland career may not have got off to the ideal start, but he has still managed to impress Lee Cattermole.
The Black Cats signed Jones after he departed West Bromwich Albion over the summer, but he has had a faltering start to his career at the Stadium of Light.
The right-back took a while to break into the starting line-up before injury thwarted his progress more recently, meaning that he has made just four appearances in all competitions so far this season.
Jones is nearing a return from this latest set-back, though, and he should be training again in just under two weeks' time.
It is a welcome boost for a side struggling with injury, and Cattermole is certainly looking forward to having his teammate back available for selection as he believes he has settled in well.
"Billy has been brilliant in the games he’s played both in defending and going forward and he’s also a good influence about the place," he said to the Shields Gazette.
“He has played 200-300 games throughout the leagues, so he’s experienced, he says the right things in the dressing room and you know what you’re going to get from him. That’s really important."
Jones will return to a Sunderland side who have managed to show an improvement in their form in recent weeks.
A win over Crystal Palace helped them hugely and a draw with Everton has pushed them up the table into 14th place.
It means that they now have a platform to build from and with a winnable game against Leicester City next in their schedule, they could be even further away from the bottom three by the time Jones is back.
If the right-back does return when expected he could be available for selection for Sunderland's games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in what looks a tough period for the club at the end of the month.