He’s been helping to lead Hull City’s charge towards promotion but, despite being one of the most experienced players in the squad, Josh Magennis says he is still learning something new every day.
Magennis is enjoying the best season of his career with 17 goals so far, including 16 in the league and five in his last five appearances, and the 30-year-old says that the environment he is in day in, day out is helping him to continually improve and thrive.
“The younger players we have bring a tenacity, an honesty and an energy, and then the more experienced players help to mould that,” said Magennis.
“For some of them, this is their first season of regular first team football and it’s fantastic that it is coming as part of a winning team.
“I still learn about the game every day. The day you think you’ve cracked it at any level is the day you have to retire. You try to be a dry sponge and I’m still learning every day – whether it’s my hold-up play, my heading – it’s just the one per cents that you hope add up.
“The training we do is competitive and is as close to match tempo as it can be so that we’re ready to go on matchday. The coaching staff have put a real onus on standards in training and you can’t waste a day. You come through the door ready to rock and roll at full tilt every day because we’re pushing for promotion.”
Magennis has been part of a front three that has scored 46 league goals between them this season and, while that is an impressive figure, the Northern Ireland international hopes that there are a few more goals to come before the season ends next month.
“When we came in for pre-season the gaffer was on it from the get-go,” added Magennis.
“Defenders keeping clean sheets, midfielders providing assists and strikers scoring goals along with providing assists. Without players around us we don’t get the service, so although the onus is on us to score it’s on others to create chances as well as ourselves.
“This season has been fantastic for me, of course, but it has also been fantastic for Mallik and Keano. It hasn’t been just a one-man show for us this season, everyone has chipped in and, if one of the front three hasn’t been scoring, nine times out of ten one or both of the other two will or goals have come from the likes of ‘Doc’ in midfield and Reece Burke at the back. It’s been a productive season but hopefully there are more goals to come.”