19:35 26th August 2014
Michael Dawson has admitted to a feeling of excitement after completing a move to Hull City.
Dawson signed a three-year deal with the Tigers on Tuesday afternoon and although he says it was a hard decision to leave previous club Tottenham Hotspur after almost ten years at White Hart Lane, he can’t wait to get started in a black and amber shirt.
“I know this club well and obviously there is some family history with my brother Andy having been here,” said Dawson.
“I’m just excited about getting started here now. The whole football club made it an attractive move to me – the manager, the squad of players, the fans. I feel ready and raring to go.
“Leaving Tottenham after ten years there was always going to be hard for me, but the chances to play there were going to be less and so a move to Hull City represented a great opportunity for me.
“At the end of the day, footballers want to play football and that wasn’t going to happen for me at Tottenham. Once the owners and the manager here had been in touch with me about the possibility of a move, I just knew it was right.
“Now my aim is to help Hull City to do as well as possible in the Premier League, and hopefully in the Europa League as well.
“It’s going to be a different type of challenge here. The season this club had last year was incredible, getting to the FA Cup Final and retaining their place in the Premier League.
“We have to build on that and look forward to the season ahead.”
Dawson is the sixth addition to the Tigers’ squad this summer as manager Steve Bruce builds a squad full of depth and quality.
Having seen Bruce’s sales pitch in force, Dawson can understand why players are so keen to play for him.
“He’s just a straight-talking, honest guy,” added Dawson.
“Speaking to some of the other lads, everybody loves playing for him. From the outside, you can see the fighting spirit within the squad and within the dressing room. You want to be a part of that and having that can only stand us in good stead for the season.”
Dawson will arrive for his first Tigers training session on Wednesday morning to be greeted by a couple of familiar faces, faces he is looking forward to seeing again.
“Yes, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are good friends of mine,” Dawson continued.
“I’ve spoken to them already and they only have praise for the football club. They both absolutely love it up here and you can see that by the way they’ve performed for the team.”