He’s been one of the driving forces behind Hull City’s title-winning campaign and midfielder Greg Docherty says the positive environment within the Tigers camp has helped him to thrive during his first season at the KCOM Stadium.
Docherty joined the Club from Glasgow Rangers last summer and admits that he was instantly attracted by the vibes coming from Head Coach Grant McCann and his staff, and he says the way in which the team has gone about its business over the last nine months has suited him down to the ground.
“From the moment I came through the door, the atmosphere was one of positivity,” said Docherty.
“That started from meeting with Grant McCann and his staff before I moved down here and everything was geared towards winning promotion this season. Talk can sometimes be cheap, but I really believed what he was telling me – you could hear it in his voice and everybody was driving towards the same goal. The players were saying the same things – about how they wanted to bounce back and prove people wrong after what happened last season.
“We were written off by a lot of people before the season started and the gaffer touched on that after the promotion-clinching game at Lincoln. Before the opening game he read out the predictions of a few of the media and I think the highest position they had us to finish in was 12th. From day one, we used that as ammunition to go on and win promotion back to the Championship.
“We’ve had a solid base and foundation all season, and from there it’s been a case of go out and express yourself and, as a midfielder, I can’t ask for any more than that. If you give the ball away or miss chances you’re just encouraged to keep going, and we have a really exciting front three and a solid back line that allows the midfielders to go and express themselves and it really works. It suits me down to the ground.”
The only regret for Docherty as he reflects on the last few months is that he is yet to play in front of the Hull City fans but, even though they have been absent all season, he hopes they can share in what he feels is a ‘massive’ achievement.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t actually played in front of the Hull City fans yet, but I know from social media and from people around the city about the stature that this club has had over the last 14 or 15 years,” continued Docherty.
“There were probably eight teams at the start of the season looking at winning promotion and it has been such a hard year in this league because it has been so unpredictable. I honestly do believe that it is a massive achievement for us to get back out of this division in the first year and I think people will realise that once the dust has settled on the season.”