His parent club might be nicknamed the Black Cats – but Adam Reed must have felt like he ran a few over after joining Brentford.
The Sunderland midfielder finally made his Bees debut in Saturday's defeat at his home town, Hartlepool, two weeks after initially joining on loan.
Picking up a groin injury just 20 minutes into his first training session with Brentford was not an ideal start, and he was sent back to Sunderland, with the deal seemingly off.
However, the injury was not as bad as first feared, and Reed returned to Griffin Park this week to complete his month's stay.
Reed said: “It was a bit of a nightmare start to be honest. I came down to Brentford on the Sunday, had my first training session on the Monday, and after just 20 minutes I had pulled up with an injury.
“ When you're new to a club, you want to appear keen and make an impression in your first training session, but I'm not sure I left the right one!
“ It was a new injury, I've never had it before. It wasn't down to a bad challenge or anything, there was nobody anywhere near me, I just felt my groin suddenly go.
“ Fortunately, the physio back at Sunderland said it wasn't that bad, and within a week I was back, and it's ironic I was making my debut at Hartlepool, where I probably knew half of the crowd.”