Matt Smith is prepared for the challenges the Championship has to throw at him, heading into this weekend’s clash with QPR.
The midfielder had made a combined ten appearances in the Championship before coming off the bench in the Tigers’ 4-1 victory against Preston North End.
But the Manchester City loanee, who made 40 appearances in League One with Doncaster last season, is ready for another crack at the second tier.
“I want to play regular Championship football,” said Smith.
“It’s something that Manchester City were keen on as well and I think it was my next gradual step from playing in League One last season with Doncaster and now I want to show everyone what I can do at this level.
“My aim is to play regular football and hopefully that will lead to more Wales appearances in the future, but primarily I’m focused on playing games for Hull City. It’s important I just keep on developing, learning and getting better.
“I feel like I’m ready fitness-wise and I’m trying to work as hard as I can in training. I came on against Preston and got a full 90 minutes on Tuesday night against Wigan, which was really massive for me going forward.”
This weekend’s opponents will be familiar to Smith, who spent time on loan at the Hoops in the first part of the 2019/20 season. Although injury restricted his impact, the midfielder says it was a beneficial learning experience.
“I had a few injuries at the start, which halted my progression getting into the team,” Smith explained.
“You just have to get on and manage that professionally and I felt it was a massive learning curve for me personally.
“In Holland (with Twente), I played all the time and then I went to QPR and I didn’t play, which was difficult. However, I had a good season at Doncaster and experience at the Euros, and for this season, I need to show everyone what I can do, starting this weekend.”