Alfie Jones has expressed his delight at joining Hull City and immediately set his sights on forcing his way into the team.
The 22-year-old has become the Tigers’ fifth summer signing after arriving from Southampton for an undisclosed fee on a one-year deal, with a Club option of a further year.
The right-sided centre-half has spent the last two seasons out on loan, making 15 appearances for Scottish Premiership side St Mirren in 2018/19 and 35 at Gillingham in League One last term.
And after those temporary spells, Jones is pleased to have found a permanent home with the Tigers.
“I’m delighted to be here,” said Jones. “It’s a massive club and it’s good to finally get it over the line. At my age now, it’s about getting settled, playing games and helping this club fight to get back where they belong.
“First and foremost, I want to get in the team, I know there’s a good bunch of players here so it’s not going to be easy. I’ve got to fight my way to get into the team. Hopefully I can get that shirt and play week in week out and get as many games as possible, start to lead the team and get them back where they belong.”
Jones believes he has benefitted enormously from his time out on loan – and Hull City are getting a better player for it.
“It’s massive for any young player to get games in men’s football and that was crucial for me at that stage of my career,” he added. “It’s stepping into the real world, not just as a player but as a person, coming out of your shell. To go and do that has benefitted me massively.
“I learned how to use my body, the way to use my body, everything from talking, on the ball, just getting that bit of experience to be clever with strikers. Not only was I fighting them, but trying to play games with them at the same time. Learning how to protect yourself, look after yourself. Outside the pitch, learning to live on your own, all the bits and bobs that come with it.
“The two loans have been different; different positions, different style of play. I think Hull suits my style of football a bit more so I think this is the perfect opportunity for me to kick on now.”