Onuoha future uncertain
On-loan defender Nedum Onuoha feels settled at Sunderland but admits his long-term future remains undecided.
Last Updated: 06/04/11 1:24pm
On-loan Sunderland defender Nedum Onuoha feels settled at Sunderland but admits his long-term future remains undecided.
The former England Under-21 international arrived at the Stadium of Light on loan from Manchester City last summer after finding himself surplus to requirements at Eastlands.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is keen to keep 24-year-old Onuoha on Wearside permanently, but no movements have been made on that front so far.
"It's difficult to say I belong to City because I don't even have a (squad) number there," said Onuoha.
"I definitely feel a part of this squad at Sunderland. It has started to feel different as the season has gone on.
"I did not really know what was going to happen when I first signed but I can't make any decisions so I have just had to accept it.
"I know there are a maximum of seven more games now for me here. At the end of the season I will sit back and think how this went.
"Then I will start pre-season, if it is at City to begin with, and see how things go from there.
"Essentially I am still their player so I am in their hands."
Onuoha insists his priority is to help the Black Cats end their run of seven matches without a win, which has left them six points above the Premier League drop zone.
It seems unlikely Bruce's men will have to worry about relegation with eight teams below them, but recovering from their recent slump would give them extra reassurance.
"We are desperate for that first win. For me personally, my focus is on what is in front of us," Onuoha told the Northern Echo.
"There are a lot of players thinking we need to get as many points as possible before the end of the season.
"I feel more relaxed thinking about trying to catch someone rather than those trying to catch us."