Joe Dudgeon was delighted to be back in competitive action for the Tigers on Tuesday night and now hopes to force his way into Steve Bruce’s Premier League plans.
The left back played his first competitive game since last October as City edged past Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup and the former Manchester United youngster felt his return went well having recovered from a serious knee injury.
“It’s been a while,” said Dudgeon.
“It was a tough game, but a good one to come back into. It was competitive and a good 90 minutes for me. I got plenty of running in and saw plenty of the ball, so all in all it was a good night.
“I’m glad to be back in a team full of good lads and friends that helped me get through last season.
“Hopefully I showed enough to suggest I can be a part of the team. I know I have to work hard for that to happen. The lads have started the season really well and have got the first league win under their belts.
“I’ve got to keep working hard in training. It’s a competitive environment but that is what it needs to be. If you’re not in the team when it’s selected, you then have to be supportive of the rest of the lads because at the end of the day we’re a team.
“You just have to be ready for when you’re called upon.”