Sunderland left-back Denver Hume has admitted it was a tough start to the season for him.

The youngster was subbed off twice before half-time in September but is now enjoying a consistent run in the first team.

Hume, who is 21 years-old, is a product of the Black Cats’ academy and broke into their senior side in the last campaign.

He has opened up about his difficult start to this term, as per a report by the Sunderland Echo: “There have been some highs for me and lows this season, and the results have been mixed. I just want to keep on playing and improving as a player.”

“Looking back to the opening day of the season, it was tough for me. But you have those times as a player throughout the campaign. I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t let the negative performance get to me and I have tried my best to come back from it with positivity since.”

When asked about his manager Phil Parkinson, he said: “The new manager has come in and helped me a lot. He is tactically different to the previous manager but he and his staff have worked closely with me and are helping me fine-tune my game.”

“He really wants his full-backs to get forward and join in with the play and try to make the pitch as big as possible. He wants his full-backs and wingers to link up and get as many crosses in as possible,” he told the club programme.”