Lewie Coyle says that it has been refreshing to play alongside a number of homegrown players in the Hull City side this season.
Coyle has regularly lined up in a back four featuring Cottingham-born defender Jacob Greaves, while local lad Keane Lewis-Potter has been making an impact further up the field with 11 goals to his name so far. With the likes of Harvey Cartwright, Billy Chadwick, Brandon Fleming, Ahmed Salam and Andy Smith also having come through the Club's Academy and been involved in the squad for League One fixtures so far this season, and Max Clark awaiting his second debut for the Club as he recovers from injury, Coyle has been delighted to see years of hard work paying off.
“It’s refreshing to have a number of local players in the team and I’m sure the fans love to see it as well,” said Coyle.
“Everybody grows up wanting to play for their hometown club and when it works out it feels fantastic, especially for the boys that have come through the Academy here because that is what you strive to achieve for many years.
“When the opportunity comes and you can sustain it, and are part of a successful team, it makes it all the more special.”
A further source of pride for Coyle this season has come with wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Richie Smallwood, although he doesn’t feel it changes his output on the field too much.
“I take massive pride from wearing the captain’s armband,” Coyle continued.
“It’s a proud achievement for me and for my family with us being from Hull and it means that extra little bit more. It has happened in unfortunate circumstances with the injury to Richie Smallwood and he was fantastic for us in the first few months of the season. He’s left big boots to fill because he did the role so well. I won’t change in terms of how much I put into my performances whether I have the armband or not, but every time I wear the armband is a proud achievement.
“I’d like to think I’m a leader whether I’m captain or not. I like to lead by example and that hasn’t changed since taking the armband. It doesn’t change my approach. Of course, you get looked up to when you are a captain on the pitch but I’d like to think that was the case anyway.
“I relish the responsibility that comes with being a senior figure within the squad. I’ve played a good number of games over the last three years and with that comes experience.
“We are a young group, even though some of the young lads have played a lot of games, and I feel that we have got a really good balance within the squad.”