Hull City

Elphick Pleased To Make Loan Move

31 August 2018
New loan signing Tommy Elphick says the style of football Head Coach Nigel Adkins is looking to implement at Hull City was a big reason in him joining the Club.

Elphick arrived from Aston Villa on Friday morning and, having played against the Tigers on the opening weekend of the season, the centre back has great belief in what the squad here is capable of.

“I was really impressed with the way Hull City played against Aston Villa and once I got the call from the Head Coach about coming here, it was a no-brainer for me,” said Elphick.

“The gaffer has a distinct way of playing that I have come up against many times over the years, so to come here and be a part of that now and hopefully add to it is a really exciting challenge.

“It was a really hard night a few weeks ago and from a Villa point of view they felt lucky to go away with the victory because the game really could have gone either way.

“We’re in a league where confidence and momentum can take you far. It’s still really early in the season and to be judging teams and looking at possible finishing positions is a silly thing to be doing right now.

“Players and teams are still bedding in and you’re only two or three weeks away from stringing plenty of games and hopefully results together. That can take you a long way in this division.

“There’s a really talented squad of players here and hopefully I can add to that. It’s a young group overall, and something I like doing is helping the young players out. I’ve been fortunate enough to win a promotion from this league and know what it takes. Sometimes it’s about realising that you do have what it takes, and a little bit of confidence and momentum can take you a long way.”

Elphick certainly adds to an extensive list of options that Adkins has for the centre back positions.

Reece Burke and Jordy de Wijs have been the regular choices so far this season, with Angus MacDonald and Adam Curry providing competition. With Ondrej Mazuch also set to return from injury after the international break, new boy Elphick is prepared to fight for his place.

“There’s a strong set of centre-halves here and I’m not expecting to just walk into the team,” he continued.

“I’ve got to prove myself here and I’ll be working hard every day to do that. You need a squad to do anything in this division and competition for places is healthy.

“I’m fit and ready to go both physically and mentally, and really looking forward to the challenge.”