Josh Magennis is trying to set an example as the most senior player in the Hull City ranks.
The 30-year-old has scored five goals in 12 appearances for the Tigers this season, including a well-taken brace in the 3-1 win at MK Dons.
The Northern Ireland international has been asked to perform a slightly different role by Head Coach Grant McGrant and use his vast experience to help his younger teammates.
And after a challenging campaign collectively and individually in 2019/20, the powerful frontman has been taking every piece of advice on board.
“Last season was up and down with suspensions and injuries and how the tide turned in the second half of the season,” Magennis admitted.
“Confidence was possibly the lowest it’s been. I learned a lot, not only about football but about myself, about trying to learn the game.
“I tried to come back pre-season as fit as I possibly could and just try to be a dry sponge.
“The task the gaffer sets me before each game is different to last season. He asks me to get more involved in the build-up play and try to get others into the game.
“Being a player who has played a lot of league games and at international level, the gaffer has put that onus on me to try and help the young blood that’s coming through.
“I’m trying to help the squad as much as I can and trying to be an example. It’s not just performances on the pitch, there’s just as much as a demand off it.
“I’m just trying to do everything I’m told to do and hopefully that’s showing in my performances this season to date.”
The latest test for Magennis and Hull City is against fellow strong starters Ipswich at Portman Road this evening.
Two points separate the table-topping Tigers and third-placed Town – and the former Bolton forward believes a keenly-fought contest lies in store.
“It’s going to be massive,” Magennis added.
“There’s no doubt they’re one of the bigger teams in this league. Where they’re trying to go is back to the championship after a year in League One.
“They’ve got a fantastic squad, a dangerous squad. But I think if we compete and demand from ourselves we can compete and handle any team.
“If we go there and do what we know we can do, it’ll be a very competitive game and hopefully we’ll come away with a victory.”