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Clark: ‘I’ve Grown into a Lot Better Player’

8 February 2021

Left-back Max Clark believes he has returned to Hull City a better player from his spell in Holland.

The 25-year-old re-signed for his hometown club on transfer deadline day after two-and-a-half years in the Dutch Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem.

And Clark, who made 57 appearances in the Netherlands, says playing abroad helped him grow as a person and as a player.

“It was a great experience over there,” said the full-back.

“I’ve got nothing but great words to say about Vitesse. I loved my time there – two and a half years.

“I developed a lot in different ways. I had to develop to a different way of playing.

“Going out there on my own, I had to deal with different scenarios – not getting in the team, being away from family, not having someone there when you’re not playing or when things aren’t going your way. Just dealing with them.

“I think I’ve grown into a lot better player with the scenarios I got put into. It was a great experience out there, one I loved.”

The former England youth international says his playing style has changed slightly from his first spell in East Yorkshire.

“I feel I’m a bit more attack-minded,” Clark commented.

“Before, I was trying to stay in and be a bit more defensive. I like to get forward now. I like to get above in the areas.

“I think you’ll see that side of the game that I’ve changed. You’ll see when I play.

“I feel more comfortable in dealing with scenarios during a game if things change. I can adapt.

“I think you’ll see a different side to me now.”

Callum Elder has been Hull City’s regular left-back this season but Clark is ready to challenge him for a starting place.

“I want to get my head down and work hard,” he said.

“I didn’t expect to come here and be playing straight away. I want to fight for the position and that’s something that excited me coming in.

“There’s great competition here in all areas and that’s what I’m excited about.”

The defender has been an unused substitute in the Tigers’ last two matches as he works his way back up to full fitness.

And the Hull City academy product, who played 27 games during his first spell, can’t wait to get back representing the club he has supported since he was a boy.

“It’s amazing for me to come back and get part of the squad here,” Clark added.

“I’m from Hull, my family all support Hull. It’s amazing to be back and I’m looking forward to getting going.

“Hopefully, it can be a good second half of the season.”

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