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.”