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Baxter Delighted To Join The Tigers

29 June 2021

Nathan Baxter says a loan move to Hull City was one that ‘ticked a lot of boxes’ for him.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper has joined the Tigers on a season-long loan from Chelsea, and feels that testing himself at Championship level was the next step having previously spent time on loan in the National League and League Two before playing in League One with Accrington Stanley last season.

“I’m really happy to have joined Hull City. As soon as the interest came in it was a no-brainer for me and I’m delighted that it happened,” said Baxter.

“It was a good first day with the boys on Monday and great to be back out on the grass. It was great to meet all of the boys and it’s clear that it’s a great set of lads, so I’m looking forward to the training camp in Scotland this week.

“Working with the gaffer here was one of the main factors in me signing. I know he’s tracked me for a number of years and people only have positive things to say, so when you’re looking at joining a club that is all you need to hear about the person you are going to be working for.

“Barry Richardson, the goalkeeper coach here, is somebody else that everybody speaks highly of, and there is an opportunity to play in the Championship so this move ticked a lot of boxes for me.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have some good experiences on loan. Not all goalkeepers get the opportunity to play 40 games in the National League at 18 and then League Two at 19. All of these experiences have helped me and the natural progression now, after being with Accrington in League One last season, is for me to play in the Championship. Each season, I’ve had to step up and prove myself in a new league and that is why I’ve come here because I want to try and prove myself in the Championship.”

As a goalkeeper that likes to play out from the back, Baxter is looking forward to being at the base of an attacking side and says the style of play deployed by Grant McCann is something he is looking forward to being a part of.

“Starting attacks and playing out from the back is something that I’ve grown up doing so that was a real attraction in terms of coming here,” Baxter continued.

“It’s an area of the game that goalkeepers have to be good at now and I’m fortunate that, in a lot of the teams I’ve played on loan for, that has been the style of play.

“I’ve played against the gaffer’s sides before, including last season, and you know that you’re going to get attacking football, and that is the kind of side that I want to play for.

“The prospect of testing myself in the second tier is an exciting one. When I first went out on loan to the seventh tier, it was always in my mind to try and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson and Joe Hart. They’ve all come up through the leagues and it’s a common pathway for goalkeepers, so it’s up to me now to show what I can do at this level. I’m relishing the competition with the other goalkeepers here.

“I don’t see myself as a loan player, I see myself as a Hull City player. I think that is why my previous loan moves have been successful because I really buy into the club that I’m at. I just want to help this team to have a successful season. I know the Club is ambitious and I’m the same.”

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