The 25-year-old centre-back has quickly integrated himself into the first-team set-up following his switch from Barnsley on transfer deadline day in January earlier this year and has outlined his desire to become a key figure in the Tigers’ camp during the 2018/19 campaign.
“The settling in period has long gone now,” he said.
“I’m not a new face anymore. I feel very comfortable here and I can’t wait for the season to start. I want to establish myself as a key figure in this team.
“We’ve had a few experienced players leave during the summer and the time is right for me to step up and fill their shoes. It’s a challenge I’m relishing and a transition that I’m looking forward to succeeding in.
“I want to play as many games as possible this season, and playing games in pre-season will allow me to stake my claim for a regular starting role. The more games I play in pre-season, the better prepared I will be for the season ahead.
“As long as I’m back for the game at Barnsley – my former club – I’ll be fine. The main aim for me is to make sure I’m fit, ready and available for selection for the opening game of the season against Aston Villa. As long as that’s the case, I’ll be happy.
“I’m excited for what’s to come. I think the forthcoming season will be much more exciting than the previous campaign and, hopefully, that will result in us challenging at the other end of the table.”
Reflecting more on the Tigers’ first fixture of the new campaign, MacDonald added: “It’s a tough start for us and I didn’t expect us to be live on Sky Sports in our first game, but our challenge now is to make sure we’re ready for that test.
“We finished last season in decent form, especially on home soil and it’s all about building on that going into the new campaign.
“The Villa game will provide an early chance to show what we’re capable of and it’s one that we’ll be looking to grab with both hands.”