Sebastian Coates has told the Sunderland Echo that his first year at the Stadium of Light has been a 'strange' one.
Coates joined Sunderland on loan from Liverpool at the start of the season, but he has failed to break into the Black Cats' starting line-up for a regular run of games.
That has frustrated the Uruguayan, but he is looking to show what he can do between now and the end of the campaign.
“I think you always need to prove yourself as a player and for me, it’s been a strange year," he said.
“When I came, I had an injury and then I didn’t play too much.
“But now I have the chance, so I will try to do my best.”
Sunderland do have an option to buy Coates from Liverpool at the end of his loan spell, but that seems unlikely as things stand.
The 24-year-old has appeared shaky during his fleeting appearances in the first-team and hasn't looked to be of the quality required to move Sunderland up the Premier League table.
However, Coates has helped Sunderland to four points in their last two matches and looks set to remain in the team until the end of the campaign.
With injuries mounting, the Black Cats are short of options at the back and that should give Coates the opportunity to change opinions of him over the coming weeks.