After signing a new contract recently, young goalkeeper Harvey Cartwright says the hard work will continue as he looks to push on with his development.
The 18-year-old stopper agreed a three-year deal with the Tigers last month and is delighted that the hard work he has put in over recent years has paid off, but he insists that he will work even harder in the years to come as he looks to achieve his ultimate aim of first team football with Hull City.
“I’m over the moon to have signed a new deal here,” said Cartwright.
“It’s a reward for all of the hard work that’s gone into getting this far. I think when you get that first professional contract you always strive immediately to get the next one and, for me, the biggest thing was security and knowing that I now have three years here to try and kick on and push towards the first-team, which is great as that is my main aim.
“Every member of staff has been great with me and they’ve been really helpful ever since I joined. They’ve helped me progress to this next step and all my thanks go to the coaches who have worked with me.”
Cartwright, who played in the Tigers’ opening Papa John’s Trophy game of the season against Leicester City back in September, is part of a very strong goalkeeping department at the Club. Matt Ingram and George Long lead the way at first team level, while David Robson, Harrison Foulkes, Harry Fisk and Thomas Macauley are all currently competing alongside Cartwright for the starting shirt in the Under-23s. However, Cartwright admits the competition for places has helped him push his game to the next level.
“I think there’s plenty of healthy competition this season,” explained Cartwright.
“Without the competition, I probably wouldn’t have pushed on as much as I have because you are always pushing each other every day as you want to be better than your competition, especially with there being only one starting position for a goalkeeper."