Lynden Gooch has admitted he needs to be more consistent for Sunderland this season.

The last season was Gooch's first full appearance as a senior player, and the strains of the 61-game program seemed to catch up with him.

The American international was excellent in the first four months, scoring six goals before December, but then only one.

He only started eight out of the last 25 games in all competitions and was an unused substitute in the League One play-off final.

Gooch signed a new contract over Christmas and his girlfriend gave birth to her first child, Oax, in February.

He scored in the first two games of the season and was always present, first in the right-back, now in the right-back after the change to 4: 4: 2.

"I was consistent for about six months last year, then I dropped out," Gooch told the Sunderland Echo during a visit to the city's Foodbank warehouse. "I hope I can do this for the entire nine or ten months throughout the season."

The 23-year-old graduate of the Academy of Light sees himself as a center forward, but was rarely used there.

"I like to play more central," he admitted. "It's hard to say what my best position is, obviously I have played much of my career for Sunderland on the right side.

"It's one of those things, but I see myself playing and getting right into the team.

"I play everywhere, I play left-back, I play right-back and I play left-back in the preseason.

"If there's a way to get on the pitch and help the team, I'll do it."