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Jacob Enjoying Gateshead Experience

8 October 2021

Since penning a new one-year deal with the Tigers in May, 20-year-old Matty Jacob has been impressing on loan at Gateshead in the National League North.

Jacob featured twice for the Tigers in pre-season against Mansfield Town and Sunderland, but Grant McCann felt loaning him out for the season was best for his development.

“I’m really enjoying it so far,” Jacob said.

“As well as my football, I’m also enjoying having that experience of being on my own and living away from home.

“All of the players, as well as all of the staff, have been class with me, so I’m loving it so far.

“They were really welcoming from my first day here.

“I joined on a Thursday before a game on the Saturday, and I came on for 20 minutes in that game, so that was quite a nice icebreaker.

“They’ve been really good with me.”

The left-back has featured regularly under player-manager Mike Williamson since joining the Heed, and scored twice in Gateshead’s 6-2 win against Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Cup.

“When I scored my first goal, I was buzzing,” Jacob added.

“I don’t normally walk onto the pitch thinking that I’m going to score.

“I’m normally thinking about defending or potentially getting an assist.

“Scoring a goal is something that everyone loves and then to get the second one, I couldn’t believe it really.

“We’re looking to push for promotion this season.

“We’ve had a good start and that has to be the aim for us.

“As an individual, I just want to become a stronger player by building up my experience.

“I want to go back to Hull City as a stronger player so that the gaffer can look at me as a man rather than as someone coming through the club’s academy.”


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