George Honeyman has attributed his impressive form to feeling settled in the local area.
The 26-year-old has been hugely influential for the Tigers this season, scoring two goals and providing five assists in 11 league games.
The Prudhoe-born midfielder is in his second season with Hull City after signing from boyhood club Sunderland in August 2019.
He admits he found it difficult moving away from Wearside but now feels at home in East Yorkshire – and that is showing in his performances.
“I’ve been really happy with how I’ve started the season individually,” said Honeyman.
“I put it down to being settled in the area. I feel like I’m now at home at Hull which is a huge thing for me.
“It was my first time moving away from the north east and I think I underappreciated how difficult I would find it.
“It was just starting afresh at the Club, getting to know everyone, living in a hotel for a couple of months.
“I probably wasn’t helping myself driving back to the north east every day off I was getting. I was just missing home comforts. It’s not the same when you’re in the same four walls every day.
“I was going out for meals every night, which sounds amazing in essence. But after the first couple of days all you want to do is cook yourself a meal and chill out, but you can’t do that when you’re in a hotel room. Stuff like that takes its toll.
“At the time, you don’t think it’s such a huge thing but looking back, now I’m settled in my house, I’m in a miles better place.”
Honeyman is also feeling stronger physically and believes supporters are starting to see the best of him.
“I’m feeling the best I’ve felt in my body for a long, long time,” Honeyman added.
“Big thanks to the medical team at Hull and the sports science staff because I’m going out there pretty much pain free which is something I haven’t had for a good couple of years.
“Once you put together a couple of performances, your confidence goes through the roof, you go onto the pitch and you’re loving it and things are coming to you naturally.
“I’ve always had huge self-belief and it’s frustrating I probably haven’t been able to broadcast it as much as I would have liked at Hull City.
“I think people are starting to get a peek of that now and there’s definitely more to come.”