Photos: Sunderland squad joke with new recruit in training; Poyet shows off skills

We compile the best images from Sunderland's training session today.

Sunderland's players appeared to be in high spirits during their training session earlier this morning ahead of their FA Cup clash with Fulham this weekend. 

With the arrival of Jermain Defoe announced last week, positivity around the Stadium of Light has grown and that attitude seemed to be reflected during their training session today. 

Defoe was at the heart of the jokes, as the whole squad got involved with some light-hearted banter.

The experienced forward is expected to be the man to fire the Black Cats to safety and, despite the apparently jovial nature of the session, he still had time to show off some of the skills that have made him such a deadly finisher in the Premier League.

And manager Gus Poyet also had time to showcase some of his talents in possession during the session. 

Sunderland will be looking to show greater focus at the weekend when they take on Fulham. The Black Cats go into the game realising they cannot afford any complacency against an in-form second-tier side, who beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 earlier this week.

Here are the best pictures from the training session! 

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