Hull City

Hard Work Key For Clark

06 October 2017
Max Clark says the hard work will continue as he looks to establish himself as a regular fixture in Leonid Slutsky's side.

After playing the full 90 minutes in each and every one the of the Tigers’ first five league games of the season, the Hull-born youngster was then an unused substitute in the next four as Stephen Kingsley came into the team following his arrival from Swansea City.

A first taste of action during the month of September came when he replaced the injured Scot as a 25th-minute substitute in the home defeat to Preston North End, before returning to the starting line-up for last weekend’s 6-1 victory over Birmingham City.

In total, the versatile Clark has racked up 592 minutes of action in his seven games to date and the 21-year-old feels as though his game is improving and developing with each appearance.

“Being in and out of the side is part and parcel of being a footballer, especially at my age,” he said.

“Obviously I’d been out of the starting line-up for a few games, but I just got my head down, worked hard in training and waited patiently for my next opportunity, which came against Preston and Birmingham.

“I was delighted to be back in the starting line-up against Birmingham, although it was unfortunate that it came about through Stephen Kingsley suffering an injury because you never want to see your any of your team-mates out injured.

“But, it’s given me another chance to impress and stake my claim and that’s what I’m determined to do. I feel as though I’m getting better and improving with every game I play.

“Going forward, my approach will remain the same as it has been from day one of pre-season – day-by-day and game-by-game. All I can do is continue to work hard and see where it takes me.”

Reflecting on the team’s start to the campaign, which sees the Tigers occupy 17th place in the Sky Bet Championship table with 12 points from 11 games, Clark believes it’s been a ‘steady’ opening period but acknowledges more consistency is needed as he and his team-mates look to kick on when the action restarts after the international break.

“It’s been a steady start to the season,” he added. “We’ve had ups and downs in the first 11 games, and obviously we’re all striving to be more consistent.

“We’ve had some bad luck in games this season and a lot of the games we’ve lost have been tight encounters that could’ve gone either way apart from the Derby game.

“Hopefully our luck has turned with the Birmingham result though. We all spoke ahead of the game and we knew the importance of bouncing back after our previous results. We were desperate to get a positive result and thankfully it turned out to be an enjoyable afternoon for everyone at the Club.

“Winning 6-1 – you can’t really not enjoy it, can you? Games like that don’t come around too often, so you’ve got to enjoy them when they do.

“You could see the lift in confidence it gave everyone immediately after the game, and we have to use that going forward as we look kick on and move up the table.”