Evandro feels he is the fittest he has ever been at Hull City and is determined to make an impact in black and amber this season.
The Brazilian has had to endure a frustrating 20 months following his arrival from FC Porto in January 2017, with injuries limiting him to just 13 starts in all competitions ahead of the current campaign.
However, following a positive pre-season campaign, the 31-year-old hopes to have finally turned the corner on the fitness front.
“I’m feeling very different to how I felt last season,” he said. “Now, I am much more positive and I feel as though I am training and playing with much more confidence.
“I am fitter than I’ve ever been during my time here and I hope to play my part in ensuring this is a good season for Hull City. I want to make an impact in the team.
“I want to do that to reward the fans. The fans have always been unbelievable in the support they have given me through some difficult times and my aim is to repay the faith they have shown in me.”
Following an impressive pre-season campaign, Evandro needed just seven minutes to open his account for the new season in the Tigers’ 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Although frustrated his effort didn’t go towards securing a positive result for Nigel Adkins’ side, the attacking midfielder was pleased to be on the scoresheet and is eager to add to his tally on a regular basis throughout the campaign.
“The shine was taken off scoring a little because we lost the game, but it was nice to get on the scoresheet.
“For a player in my position, it is very important to contribute to the team – both in terms of scoring goals and creating for my team-mates.
“I was delighted to get off the mark in our first game and hopefully I can continue to be amongst the goals throughout the season. That has to be my aim.”
On the team front, Evandro revealed his disappointment at seeing the Tigers taste defeat in their season opener and was quick to stress the importance of bouncing back at the first time of asking ahead of this weekend’s Yorkshire Derby away at Sheffield Wednesday.
“Of course it was a disappointing start to the season, losing to Aston Villa, but that is in the past now,” he added.
“We must only look forward and we need to keep fighting. There were patches in the game where we played very well though and it is those positive aspects of the team’s performance that we must look to build on going forward.
“We know there are areas that we have to improve on as well, and Saturday is the next opportunity for us to show the fans how hard we have been working.
“We have been focused all week on the challenge of facing Sheffield Wednesday. We know we need to produce a positive response but we also know that there is no need to panic.
“We have only played one game. It is still the beginning of the season and we are determined to go away and get a positive result on Saturday.”