Gavin Whyte says he is relishing the competition for places in Hull City’s attack ahead of this weekend’s home game against Bristol Rovers.
Whyte, who is currently on loan at the KCOM Stadium from Cardiff City, has recently returned from injury and has started in two of the last three games including the midweek victory over Rochdale. However, keen to get more minutes under his belt after leaving South Wales for East Yorkshire, the 25-year-old Northern Ireland international knows that he must perform well to earn a regular starting place.
“I’m really enjoying it. It’s good to be back playing,” said Whyte.
“I hadn’t been playing much at Cardiff City so it’s nice to be back out there. The boys have been brilliant with me and we’re having a good week so far, and hopefully that can continue on Saturday.
“There’s plenty of attacking options here. When I first arrived I started a couple of games and then got a niggling injury which put me out for two or three weeks. I’m back now and there’s plenty of competition for a place in the team which is a good thing. You have to be on your game otherwise somebody else will come in to take your place. It’s great to have that competition.
“They’re all great players and great to play with. Mallik Wilks is on flames at the minute. He’s banging the goals in which is great to see. Keano has been brilliant as well and it’s always great to see young players coming through the ranks and into the first team. I’ve played with Josh (Magennis) before so I know what he’s about. He’s been brilliant as well.”
After arriving from Cardiff, Whyte made an impressive start in black and amber with a goal in only his second appearance, against Accrington Stanley, before injury set him back at the end of January. He is now keen to make up for lost time.
“For me it’s about assists, goals and helping the team,” added Whyte.
“I need to add more of that to my game and hopefully I can do that while I’m here. I like to get on the ball and get in behind, and I feel that can help our midfield players, too, because they have so much energy and get the ball to the forward players quickly.
“That’s something that the gaffer spoke to me about before I joined and he felt that I would fit in well. I think I have when I’ve played, but there is definitely more to come from me."