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Benjani keen to kick-start season with Sunderland

New Sunderland striker Benjani Mwaruwari is desperate to kick-start his season after securing a switch to Wearside.

The 31-year-old only completed his loan move from Manchester City a day after the closure of the January window because of problems with the club's communications network on Monday.

However, he is relishing the chance to prove himself once again after managing only six appearances for City this season, and only two of those in the Premier League.

Benjani said: "It feels really great to be here and I am happy with my decision. Sunderland is a good club.

"I am feeling fit and well and ready to play. I have been injured for a long time in the past, but I have recovered well. Now I have a chance to play regularly here and hopefully I will get the time on the pitch."

Steve Bruce is delighted to have the former Grasshoppers, Auxerre and Portsmouth striker on board, and again insisted he has been recruited to compete with Kenwyne Jones, rather than replace him.

Bruce said: "You can seen a lot of similarities between the style of Kenwyne and Benjani.

"But I don't want Benjani to replace Kenwyne, I need him to give us another option because we have been a bit light in the striking department.

"He's a player I have admired for a long time and I think he's going to be an excellent addition to the squad."

Benjani arrives with the Black Cats in an alarming slump that has left them uncomfortably close to the relegation zone.

Bruce's men last tasted victory in the league against Arsenal on November 21, a run of 10 games which has yielded just four points.

That makes Saturday's visit of struggling Wigan a hugely significant encounter, and one in which Benjani, like fellow newcomer Alan Hutton, could be handed a debut.


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