15:48 2nd September 2014
Hatem Ben Arfa is keen to make the most of his time with Hull City after a whirlwind final day of the transfer window saw him arrive at the KC Stadium on loan until the end of the season.
Ben Arfa joined from Newcastle United, with the Tigers securing his signature with just moments to spare after being granted a two-hour extension to the 11pm deadline in order to get the deal done.
After a hectic day, one which the French midfielder admits he couldn’t have envisaged when waking up on Monday morning, the 27-year-old is keen to get his head down and embrace a fresh challenge.
“Monday was a long day but I am very happy to be here,” Ben Arfa told the Official Website.
“When I woke up on Monday morning, there was nothing on the cards. Then, in the afternoon the call came and everything happened very quickly after that. At 1am everything was complete and I was very happy.
“I’m very much looking forward to the start of a new challenge. The manager wants me here and that is very important. I’m looking forward to being back on the pitch after two months of only training.”
Ben Arfa was the Tigers’ fourth new addition during a dramatic final few hours of the transfer window and the exciting talent, capped 13 times by his country, is impressed with the squad that has been built by manager Steve Bruce.
“The manager has made a lot of very good signings,” added Ben Arfa.
“There were many good players already here and then more have arrived this week. There is a very good squad here and I think the team can do something great for this city.”
Ben Arfa also admitted to being overwhelmed by the welcome he received from Tigers fans on Monday night.
Around a hundred supporters waited until almost midnight to greet him as he arrived at the club’s training ground in Cottingham, almost moving him to tears.
“The welcome was amazing,” Ben Arfa continued.
“I was almost crying at the warmth of it. I was shocked to see so many people there at midnight waiting for me. It was great and I thank them.”