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Progressive Season Leaves Jakupovic Hungry For More

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09:25 11th July 2014

Eldin Jakupovic is keen to build on a memorable 2013/14 season after signing a new two-year deal with the Tigers.

As well as getting some valuable first team football under his belt during a loan spell at Leyton Orient, last season also saw Jakupovic make his Premier League debut when handed a start against Manchester United in May.

Manager Steve Bruce has rewarded the goalkeeper for a progressive season by extending his stay at the KC Stadium and Jakupovic is determined to show what he can offer as he admits his time with Orient was hugely beneficial.

“I’m very happy to have a new contract,” said Jakupovic.

“I spoke with the manager before the cup final and he told me he would like me to stay. I am thankful for the opportunity and I will continue to give my best.

“Last Christmas, I asked the manager if I could go somewhere to be a number one and have a run of games and he was happy for me to do that.

“A few League One clubs came in and I said yes to Orient because I knew of them having played against them in the cups, I knew it was a good club and a good team. I took the chance and I think it went well.

“After coming back here, I was so happy to make my Premier League debut. I didn’t expect it, but the manager told me to be ready for Manchester United. It was a nice feeling.

“I know Allan McGregor is the number one here, but myself and Steve Harper want to fight for a place. We are all good friends and we keep pushing each other on.

“It’s a case of waiting for my chance and when it comes I must try to take it.”

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