Hull City

Hector Excited By Tigers Challenge

27 July 2017
Michael Hector admits plying his trade in England was always his number one priority for the 2017/18 campaign.

Hull is a great choice for me and I feel it’s the right place for me at this moment in time.

Michael Hector

The 25-year-old defender, who joined the Tigers on a season-long loan from Premier League champions Chelsea yesterday, spent the previous season on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt, making 27 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit as they finished 11th in the top-flight of German football and reached the DFB-Pokal final.

Although he has nothing but happy memories of his successful and progressive spell in Germany, Hector was quick reveal his excitement at the challenges that lie ahead during his time as a Tiger.

“My main objective this season was always to play in England,” he said. “I had a fantastic experience in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt last season and thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Bundesliga – every minute of it.

“It’s the highest level I have played at so far but, I always wanted to come back to England. Hull is a great choice for me and I feel it’s the right place for me at this moment in time.

“I think it’s fair to say the Championship is a league that I know well. It’s a tough, tough league – with the Saturday-Tuesday games – but it’s one that I enjoy playing in and the challenges it brings.

“First and foremost, I’m here to help Hull City be successful. But – on a personal level – I’m also here to play games. That’s a big thing for me. I’ve come here looking to progress and kick on.

“I feel fit, strong and ready to go. I feel as though I can help the team win games and hopefully we can all enjoy a successful season together.”

A versatile player, Hector can operate anywhere across the backline and has also previously been utilised in a defensive midfield role for both Reading and Frankfurt, although the newest addition to Leonid Slutsky’s squad insists he has his mind set on being a centre-back in black and amber.

“I can do a job in central midfield if needed, but centre-back is definitely my main position. I played some games in the middle of the park during my time on loan at Reading back in 2015/16 and for Frankfurt as well, but my top priority is to be a centre-back.

“I’m here to be a centre-back and that’s where I’ll be looking to have an influence on the team. Having spoken to the manager, that’s what he wants too, which is good to hear.”

Hector was included in the Tigers’ squad that flew out to Holland to face Ajax in today’s final pre-season friendly, and the former Reading man is keen to get some minutes under his belt against the Dutch giants.

“That would be nice,” he added. “I’ve not been able to train with the lads yet as the deal wasn’t completed in time for me to take part in training yesterday. But to have the chance to play with my new team-mates against Ajax and get used to being part of the team would be hugely beneficial ahead of our opening game of the season against Aston Villa next weekend.”