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Hinds Reflects On First-Team Debut

23 September 2021

Josh Hinds says he was “buzzing” to make his first-team debut for the Tigers at the end of August against Bournemouth.

The 18-year-old replaced Tyler Smith with 82 minutes played at the MKM Stadium, as Grant McCann rewarded the youngster for his progress with the Under-23s.

“I was buzzing to be fair,” said Hinds.

“It was a surreal moment for me and I’ve been working my whole life to make my professional debut and it was such an unreal experience.

“I was a bit nervous, but initially I didn’t know I was in the squad so I was surprised more than anything.

“I was buzzing to get out there as soon as I could and try and make an impact.”

Now that the youngster has had his first taste of first-team football, Hinds says he’s going to continue to work hard for more opportunities this season.

“The coaching staff have been giving me pointers on how to improve myself as a player in what I need to do and how I can get myself to the next level, so it’s not a rare occasion me being with the squad,” Hines added.

“Grant wants to help me push on to make it a common thing and hopefully make more appearances.

“Firstly, I want to make sure I keep playing well for the Under-23s by playing and working hard and ultimately I want more appearances for the first-team.

“That’s my goal to try and get a few more appearances and see where I can go from there.”

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