Josh Magennis has been speaking about a memorable season for both the team and himself after Hull City won the Sky Bet League One title along with promotion.
Magennis has been a key figure in the Tigers’ side, scoring 18 times in the league in what has been the best season of his career to date.
The 30-year-old’s form in recent weeks has been particularly outstanding with seven goals in his last seven appearances to help fire the Club to a first league title for 55 years and he says playing with confidence is a wonderful thing.
“It’s been a brilliant season for the team and for me too,” said Magennis.
“As a footballer, when you get to 30 years of age, people say you’re in a downhill spiral but with all of the sports science we have these days, you know what you can get out of your body. I’ve just enjoyed every part of it and playing with confidence has probably helped me more than anything.
“I’m playing with players who create chances for you on a weekly basis and that makes it easier for you to go on and do what needs to be done.
“I’ve had a great season and thank you to the gaffer for picking me and playing me, and I couldn’t do it without my teammates as well.
“You can’t have a successful team without having that camaraderie. Sometimes home truths need to be told, but you always need to know that, if your back is against the wall, someone is there to help you out and that is what we’ve had this season.
“When you win promotion, people just assume that you’re winning every week but that is never the case. There have been weeks when we’ve lost games, or games in which we’ve fallen behind, but we seem to have overcome that more often than not. The team spirit has been outstanding. Twenty-three teams set out at the start of the season to do what we’ve done. It’s been a fantastic season and hopefully I can kick on again here next season.”
Magennis has also hailed the influence that Head Coach Grant McCann has had on him and his teammates this season.
“The gaffer is just calm, very calm – that’s how he is with us anyway,” continued Magennis.
“He’s the first manager I’ve worked under that doesn’t pick anyone out in the changing room. You could score the worst own goal ever and he wouldn’t make it your fault, it would be the team because he holds everybody accountable. He wants everyone doing their job and pushing in the same direction.
“He’s a breath of fresh air and he mixes the young lads coming through with the experienced players really well. He’s been brilliant for me and I’ve played my best football under him. He always knows the right things to say at the right times and, often, when you look back you realise what he said was massive."