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Huddlestone Grateful For The Opportunity

18 August 2021

New signing Tom Huddlestone says he is grateful to Head Coach Grant McCann for giving him an opportunity to play football again after a period out of the game.

The midfielder had been without a club for 12 months before joining the Tigers on an initial one-year contract, with the club holding an option for an extra year, and the 34-year old is eager to start after putting pen-to-paper.

“It’s very good to be back,” said Huddlestone. “It’s been a frustrating 12 to 15 months on a personal note for me, but I’m raring to go.

“Tony Pennock (First Team Coach) invited me down to train for a bit to see how it went and I trained two days before playing 45 minutes against Scunthorpe. Immediately, I felt miles better than I ever expected.

“Since then, I’ve had four weeks' training, played 75 minutes against Manchester United Under-23s and I’m just thankful to get it over the line and that it has happened now.

“I know my qualities. It would have been easier for me to call it a day, finish my coaching badges and get a coaching job or continue a few media bits that I’ve done over the past 10 months.

"But I’ve got the hunger and desire to be out there training every day, playing and showing what I can do.”

The former England international played for Hull City between 2013 and 2017, and is looking forward to creating more memories for the Tigers fans by helping the club both on and off the pitch.

“My connection with the fans from day one has been special,” added Huddlestone.

“Looking back at my first season here, it went better than anyone could have ever imagined by staying up in the Premier League comfortably and getting into an FA Cup final, which was special.

“I hope I can help the club both on and off the pitch, like progressing and helping the young players that are in the squad, and I’m looking forward to an exciting and hopefully successful season in the Championship.”

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