Since joining the Tigers on a season-long loan from Manchester United in July, Di’Shon Bernard has impressed with his performances in the centre of defence.
Originally from London, the two-week international break has provided the 20-year-old with the perfect opportunity to return home and catch-up with his family.
“I went back home to see my family for a few days in London,” Bernard said.
“It was my first time seeing them since July I think.
“It’s been tough not being able to see them much but they always keep in contact.
“They still watch all of my games so that’s always a positive.
“Without them I wouldn’t be in the position that I am today.
“They help keep me grounded.
“Even if I think I’ve played amazing, my dad will always let me know what I can improve on.
“When I’m on the phone to him, he definitely keeps me humble.”
Having made 30 appearances in League Two for Salford City in 2020/21, Bernard felt that a season-long loan in the Championship was the best option for his development this season.
“A loan is definitely what a young player needs,” Bernard added.
“I know everyone wants to jump straight into the first-team but people need to realise that it’s not always like that.
“You need to go on loan and learn your trade, which is what I’ve done.
“As a youngster, you need to go into the lower leagues and learn how to defend against strikers that might not be as good on the ball but can still beat you in other ways.
“I feel like the competition level is the same (as League Two), but it’s just the ability on the ball which is different.
“You know in the Championship that one mistake is going to be a goal because they’ve got the ability to put it away.
“It’s a step-up from League Two which is what I needed.”