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The 27-year-old was told by Paolo Di Canio that he would receive little game time at Sunderland this coming season, and is now eager to show is worth at the KC Stadium

Danny Graham is enjoying his Hull City "lifeline" after being told he would be "third or fourth-choice striker" at Sunderland this season.

The former Swansea striker joined Hull on a season-long loan on Friday following talks with Paolo Di Canio that revealed the 27-year-old was unlikely to feature for the Black Cats in the upcoming campaign.

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Graham, who was signed by axed boss Martin O'Neill in January, failed to score in 13 Premier League appearances for Sunderland, but he is now focussed on proving his worth at the KC Stadium and replaying the faith shown in him by Steve Bruce.

"I want to play games and Hull City have given me that chance to do it in the Premier League," he told The Hull Daily Mail.

"I need to repay the faith the manager has shown in me where others might not have.

"Hull have taken a chance on me and I want to repay them with some goals and good performances.

"I felt I needed to get out of Sunderland. I spoke with the gaffer and he said I was going to be third or fourth-choice striker.

"I'm 28 in August and I don't want to be sitting around just picking up money.

"It's like a second lifeline for me. I had a good season with Swansea in the first year but then found myself out of the team for whatever reason.

"I moved on but that didn't work out. These things happen in football so this is a fresh start. I'm delighted to be here."

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