George Honeyman has admitted that the Hull City fans have been at the forefront of the players’ minds over the last few days.
The Tigers celebrated promotion inside an empty LNER Stadium after winning 2-1 at Lincoln City at the weekend as a whole season without fans heads towards its conclusion and, although delighted to have sealed a return to the Sky Bet Championship, Honeyman says there was a feeling of regret that the achievement couldn’t be celebrated with the club’s supporters.
“When we got back to the training ground on Saturday night there were some fans outside wanting to celebrate with us,” said Honeyman.
“Promotion means the world to us as it does to them, but it made us feel a little bit sad as well, thinking about how amazing the celebrations would have been under normal circumstances. Not just for every game we’ve won and every goal we’ve scored, but also for that away end at Lincoln and the big game against Sunderland at the KCOM last week – it would have been rocking and you do feel a bit of sorrow that we’ve all missed out on those scenes.
“However, it’s also a reminder of who we as players are representing and we’re pleased that we’ve achieved what we set out to for them this season.”
Honeyman has played a pivotal role in the Tigers’ successful season on the field with his all-action displays, and fans won’t have been surprised to see him shortlisted for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Season award.
Although pleased to see his efforts acknowledged, the 26-year-old insists individual accolades are a long way from his mind as he tries to help his side win the League One title.
“I’m a little bit surprised by the nomination if I’m honest,” Honeyman admitted.
“There are so many good goalscorers in this division, especially in our team. Individual accolades are obviously nice, but a medal for winning the league would be much better. It’s nice to be acknowledged, but we’ve won promotion as a team and we want to go on and win the league as a team.
“It’s a team sport and we’ve had a group of lads, backed up by a great coaching staff, putting everything in for the team and that has made it a really enjoyable year on the pitch.
“Winning games and playing regularly is what every footballer wants, and I’m very grateful to have had the backing from the coaching staff. It’s a pleasure to go into work every day."