Sunderland's Republic of Ireland winger Andy Reid has admitted that he may need to leave the Stadium of Light on loan in a bid to secure regular first-team football.
The 28-year-old is back to full fitness after a long-term calf injury, but has featured just three times as a substitute for the Black Cats this season.
Reid told the Northern Echo:"With me not starting games – I've come on for a few minutes here and there – I don't feel part of it.
"I want to be because the most important thing for me now is that I need games. I missed loads towards the end of last season, so now I'm at the stage where I really, really need games.
"I've played three reserve games, but with the greatest respect I'm 28 years of age and I don't really want to be playing reserve football every week.
"I need to play first-team games. I guess if I don't get a chance then maybe I need to get out and get some games in.
"I need games and if it's not here, it's going to be somewhere else."