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Jelavic Aims To Hit The Ground Running

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17:39 15th January 2014

New signing knows he has joined ahead of some big fixtures....

New signing Nikica Jelavic is aiming to hit the ground running and get his Hull City career off to a positive start.

The Croatian striker, who has joined the Tigers from Everton on a three-and-a-half year deal, arrives ahead of two big Barclays Premier League away games against Norwich City and Crystal Palace and he wants to help his new club through a key period.

“As a striker you need to be scoring goals and my target is to score as many as I can for Hull City,” said Jelavic.

“I don’t look at specific numbers, but I try to give my best in every game.

“We have a really important period coming up. I have been looking at our schedule and I know we have a few games coming up against teams that are just below us in the table. I know that in the English Premier League there are no easy games, but we have to see this as a chance to pick up some points.

“If we can do that, it will only help to make our position a little more comfortable. I am looking forward to being a part of this club. I can already feel that this club is more like a family and I really feel that this will be a good move for me.”

Jelavic is already settling in well to life with the Tigers having spotted a couple of familiar faces around the training ground.

Allan McGregor and Sone Aluko are both former team-mates of Jelavic from their time together at Rangers. Jelavic and Aluko were sowing the seeds of a successful strike partnership when the Croatian was sold to Everton in January 2012 and the forward hopes to rekindle that when Aluko returns to full fitness, although he isn’t taking a place in the team for granted.

“I managed to have a quick catch-up with Sone when I arrived for training,” added Jelavic.

“I played with Sone and Allan McGregor at Rangers so I already know them and that is something that helps you to settle.

“It would be good to play with Sone up front again, but there are a lot of good strikers here and we all have to fight for our positions. Nobody is safe.”

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