Ryan Longman says there is still a lot more to come from him after establishing himself in the first team.
Having joined the Tigers in July on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, the 21-year-old initially struggled to force his way into the team. He had a tough start to life at the MKM Stadium having contracted Covid-19 during pre-season, before later picking up a groin injury on his competitive debut against Queens Park Rangers.
However, Longman has been named in the starting line-up by Grant McCann for the last six matches in the Championship. Not only that, but the forward has impressed with his performances by scoring two goals in his last four games, as well as picking up assists along the way.
“All I needed was a push to get a few games under my belt to really get me going,” said Longman.
“I feel like I’ve had that now. I feel a lot more at ease when I’m playing, a bit more confident and I feel like I can go and express myself a bit more.
“As a young player, I’d never actually experienced not being in the starting XI. It was quite a new experience for me, but it happens as a footballer. I had to work hard and keep my head down and I’m still doing that.
“I think I’ve still got a lot more to show as well which I’m quite excited about. I feel like I haven’t had that game yet where I’ve had an absolute ‘worldie’. I’ve had good games and I’ve had decent performances, but I haven’t had that ‘worldie’ yet so I’m still waiting for that game.”
The Tigers are back in action against in-form Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day, and Longman says this is exactly the sort of game that players relish being involved in.
“These are the games that you want to play in,” added Longman.
“They are in very good form at the moment - scoring a lot of goals and not conceding many. I think this is the sort of game where you want to turn up and give them a good challenge.
“In this league, it’s possible to win any game.”