“I never thought the day would come when I was looking forward to the first day of pre-season!”
Those are the words of Curtis Davies as the defender looks forward to the next chapter of his career with Hull City.
The 28-year-old defender joined the Tigers on a three-year deal on Tuesday, leaving Birmingham for an undisclosed fee.
Davies is now looking forward to meeting up with his new team-mates for the start of pre-season training next month and is excited at the prospect of his new challenge.
“I was actually due to start pre-season with Birmingham yesterday,” Davies told TIGERS Player.
“So I’ve got an extra few days to wait now. That doesn’t mean I won’t be doing anything, though, as I’ll be doing plenty of running as I try to get myself as fit as possible ready for the first day of pre-season here.
“I want to hit the ground running and, in general, I think it’s very important that the team does the same when the season starts as well.”
The season, of course, will get underway in mid-August when the Tigers travel to Chelsea to get their Barclays Premier League campaign underway.
As well as the infrastructure and surroundings of the club impressing Davies so much during negotiations, the former Aston Villa man admits the chance to play top flight football was also a huge factor in his decision to join the Tigers.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in the top flight before and after having a couple of years back in the Championship, I felt as though I had done all that I could in that league.
“It feels like the right time to move back up to the Premier League and try and show how good a player I am. If I can do that, hopefully it can help towards the team having a good season.
“One of the things you need in the Premier League is a real togetherness as a team and from what I’ve seen, the squad here is a very tightly-knit one. That will be important.
“No doubt the season will be a tough one for us and people will be saying things about us having just come up from the Championship. But if we stay together and play to our ability, then we can have a good season.
“Home games are going to be massive for us. If the crowd here can get the KC Stadium rocking, then there is no reason why we can’t give this league a good go.”
There were other factors that also convinced Davies that a move to East Yorkshire was right for him, including the chance to play under manager Steve Bruce, a long-time admirer of the centre back, and the former West Brom star can’t wait to play for a man he admired whilst growing up.
“I’m looking forward to playing for the manager,” added Davies.
“The main thing for me is that he was a centre half and was one of the best around during his time as a player.
“Hopefully I can learn from him and anything that I do learn to make me a better player will also help the team.”