Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has described his football career as a 'dream' despite having to struggle to overcome two serious knee injuries in his relatively short career thus far.
The 23-year-old broke into the Sunderland team under Steve Bruce before succumbing to a cruciate knee injury, which subsequently recurred. However, Meyler described the injury set-backs as 'minor in the long run' and was keen to stress his willingness to work hard in training.
"Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was play football, and I have the chance to do that every day. I can’t complain," he told Sunderland's official website. "I’ve had two major setbacks with my knees, but they are minor things in the long run. I come in, work hard every day and enjoy it — I’m still living that dream."
The former Cork City player received his first senior international cap when he played for the Republic of Ireland against Oman on Tuesday September 11 and he says that it was a proud moment.
"I was delighted to be picked — I’m a proud Irishman and my whole family were there to see me play," he said.
"I already knew a few of the lads to say hello to, and with the three other Sunderland players there too, it was very easy to feel part of the group," concluded the midfielder