Lee Camp has been giving an interview to Birmingham Live and in it, he lifts the lid on his nightmare spell with Sunderland last season.
The veteran keeper is now with Birmingham in the Championship and looking to be a solid acquisition, but the same could not be said about his spell with the Black Cats last season.
He played 12 times for them as they slipped miserably out of the Championship, failing to keep a single clean sheet. Camp reveals he saw it as a chance to get some games under his belt.
“It was always going to be a tough challenge, I kind of knew the situation going in, so I didn’t walk in with my eyes closed. I knew it was pretty desperate where it was. I needed to get out and play some football. I had been injured, not really playing, playing in the 23s wasn’t going to help me in any way.”
With relegation a certainty, Camp concludes that it wasn’t an easy time in his career, but that he remained professional at all times.
“It was a tough time, a tough time for everyone, myself, the manager at the time, people behind the scenes, it was a real tough situation to walk into. But you try to remain professional, you do your best and what will be, will be.”
He’s played 11 matches for Birmingham this season, keeping three clean sheets.
Camp has had a varied career and were it not for Garry Monk freezing out David Stockdale, he might not be in the second-tier right now. That said, he’s been a solid pair of hands for them and is relishing life right now.
Sunderland was toxic last season, even from the outside writing about it you could sense that all was not well. It’s better now, of course, as Jack Ross has done a fantastic job.