Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter says he is picking up some really good vibes from the Hull City squad as pre-season continues.
22-year-old Baxter joined on loan from Chelsea just over a fortnight ago and has enjoyed his first two weeks training with his new team-mates. He says it feels similar to when he joined Ross County a couple of years ago – another side that had just tasted promotion – and feels that offers a great chance to build on the momentum built up when the new campaign gets underway next month.
“When I went to Ross County they’d just been promoted to the top division and it was a really tight-knit group with a great atmosphere amongst the squad. There are similarities to that here because everybody gets on really well,” said Baxter.
“We train really hard and get on really well off the pitch, and I’m really pleased to be a part of it. Success helps with that and hopefully we can carry on that momentum from last season of winning games. I’m sure it will be even better this season with the fans back and we’re all looking forward to playing in front of crowds because we haven’t done that for a while.”
Despite his relatively young years, Baxter has plenty of first team experience under his belt with more than 150 appearances to his name although, preparing for his first season at Championship level, he knows he faces strong competition from Matt Ingram for a starting spot.
“There has been competition for the starting place at every club I have been to on loan – there has never been a case of a manager telling me that I’ll play every game,” added Baxter.
“There has always been really good quality to compete with and I always see that as a positive. It’s something that I don’t shy away from because, if you want to go and play at the top level, you’re going to have to compete with top goalkeepers.
“I feel ready for this level of football. With each loan I’ve had previously, I’ve stepped up a league and I also had a good experience in the SPL with Ross County playing in front of 60,000 at Celtic. I feel I’m prepared for the Championship, I’m confident in my ability but it’s up to me to show that to the gaffer and the supporters."