Fulop out to seize his chance
The 26-year-old Hungary international, who impressed during an extended run in the team last season, has been a frustrated bystander for much of the current campaign following the £9million man's return to fitness and form.
However, after the Scotland international was ruled out for up to three months by a broken arm suffered in a collision with Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe, Fulop is now ready to stake his claim against Arsenal on Saturday 21 November.
"I don't think the manager has decided yet who his No1 is. The more games you get, the more chances you get to impress, and I hope we get a good result against Arsenal now and I can play my part," Fulop said. "I definitely don't think the manager needs to bring in a new goalkeeper."
"Sunderland have three good goalkeepers, I include Trevor Carson as well. Craig is Scotland's No1 and a very good goalkeeper, and I am an international as well. All three of us want to prove to him that there is no need to sign another keeper."
Boss Steve Bruce has been considering his options since Gordon's injury, and has been linked with Portsmouth's David James. However Fulop, who lost his place last season because of a troublesome heel problem, is keen to prove he can fill the breach.
"It's not nice (sitting on the bench). You are here to play. As a foreign player you miss your family, but if you're playing it doesn't hurt quite so much. I have never been someone who is willing to sit on the bench and pick up my wages," continued the former Spurs custodian.
"That would be easy money but I have always wanted to work hard and to prove to my family, my friends and my team-mates that I'm a good goalkeeper. I think in the long-term that attitude brings you rewards. You will get what you deserve."