Hull City

Milinkovic Not Afraid Of Hard Graft

14 July 2018
David Milinkovic has never been afraid of hard work - and that isn't going to change as he looks to make his mark in English football with the Tigers.

The 24-year-old winger put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at the KCOM Stadium earlier this week to complete his switch from Serie A outfit Genoa.

After gaining his footballing education in the tough Serbian leagues before heading to Italy and a loan spell with SPL side Hearts last season, the move to England represents a new challenge for Milinkovic – one that he is ready to mix hard graft with natural flair in order to be a success in black and amber.

“Hard work is part of my game,” he said. “From the first to the last minute, I will do everything I can to help the team.

“I believe I am a very good technical player and of course I like to attack – that is natural for any winger. I like to score and create goals, but you have to be able to do other things for the team as well.

“If I need to come back to help my team-mates, I will do it. I really enjoy that because it’s just natural for me.

“I have no issues in doing defensive work as well – this is part and parcel for any player. I will always work very hard for the team, my coach, my team-mates and of course the fans.

“Everyone has to be willing to work hard. All footballers are talented, but talent is nothing without hard work.

“I am ready for the challenge of English football and life in the Championship. I am hungry and raring to go. It is a very good league and I am very grateful for the opportunity to show what I can do at this level.

“But it is also very important that I progress with the team. I want to do well personally of course, but I also want to help the team win matches and enjoy success.”

Milinkovic scored six goals in just 16 starts in a Hearts shirt last term, also providing three assists, and hopes his time in Edinburgh will stand him in good stead for the rigours of Championship football.

“I enjoyed a good season with Hearts in Scotland,” he continued. “It was a great club and I am very thankful for the opportunity they gave me to go there and experience Scottish football.

“I have nothing but happy memories of my time there. I believe I showed what I was capable of with my performances but it is important that I look to improve and perform better for Hull City.

“My time in Scotland, I hope, will prove to be beneficial in helping me to adjust to English football quickly.

“Of course English football is different. The Championship is a tough league and will no doubt be very challenging.

“I think the English game is technically better than it is in Scotland, but the physical side of things is very similar, which is where my time with Hearts will stand me in good stead for the challenges that lie ahead.

“I am looking forward to those challenges very much though. The preparations are underway and I hope to become an important player for the team throughout the coming season.”