Hull City

Adkins Speaks About Deadline Day

01 February 2018
Nigel Adkins is looking forward to leading his squad into the remainder of the season after making two new additions on deadline day.

Having stated his intention to strengthen in the middle of defence and out wide, Adkins brought in centre back Angus MacDonald from Barnsley and winger Harry Wilson on loan from Liverpool ahead of the transfer window closing and the Head Coach is delighted with the quality of his new recruits.

“We are delighted with both new additions,” said Adkins.

“Angus was the captain at Barnsley and he’s at a good age (25). He can play as either a right-sided or left-sided centre-half and we’re excited to have him here. He’s a good character and he has good ability, so we’re pleased to bring him to Hull City to be a part of this good group that we have here.

“We then managed to bring Harry in. He’s the youngest player to play for Wales at senior level and he’s the captain of the U23 team at Liverpool where he trains with the first team. He’s a talented player and we wanted to bring in another wide player to add to the balance of our squad.

“Harry’s a very exciting young prospect.

“I’m pleased that we have strengthened in both of those positions. We’re looking to generate competition for places in every position, and we still have players to come back from injury which is important.

“The spirit, the togetherness, the pride, the passion to wear our shirt is there and that bodes well for the remainder of the season and beyond because we’re building for next season as well.”

Just as important as the new additions was the fact that there were no departures ahead of the deadline, despite late suggestions of a move by Nottingham Forest to sign captain Michael Dawson.

“We’ve kept all of our existing players and that is massively important,” continued Adkins.

“From my point of view, and I’ve said this to Michael and to everybody, he is our captain and we want him to be here. My stance on that has been perfectly clear throughout. He’s a leader for us, he’s a captain and he’s a very good football player.

“For me, there was no way that we wanted him to leave. Conversations go on behind the scenes, but that is not my department. I have a lot of time for Michael, a lot of respect for him and I’m really pleased that he is still with us.”