Lewie Coyle has been speaking about the ‘perfect’ first season playing for his hometown club after getting his hands on the Sky Bet League One trophy.
Coyle has helped Hull City to a first league title in 55 years and says the way the season has ended still feels ‘unbelievable’.
“It’s been as perfect as perfect can be,” said Coyle.
“So many boxes have been ticked, so many goals have been achieved and so many dreams have come true. I said to my old man at the end of last season, after I’d been heartbroken at losing out in the play-offs with Fleetwood, that I would get him that winner’s medal one day so this is for him, my mum and my whole family.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling once again. We’ve had two weeks of celebrations really with winning promotion a fortnight ago and then the title the next weekend, but nothing beats the feeling of having that winner’s medal around my neck. It’s the reason you go into football, the reason why you graft so hard every day and put the hard yards in – it’s all for moments like Sunday when you lift a trophy. Those moments don’t come around very often so you have to soak every minute of it up.
“I keep looking at the medal and it gets me a little bit welled up thinking about it because I know how much every single player and member of staff has put in to achieve this. To get to the point where you now have that medal and have lifted the trophy is a dream come true and something that I am so proud of coming from the city.”
To add to the season’s achievements, Coyle has worn the captain’s armband for the majority of the second half of the campaign in the injury absence of Richie Smallwood and says seeing the celebrations on Sunday was the best feeling.
“It’s extra special wearing the captain’s armband for any club that you play for, but with it being my hometown club it’s something that I’m so proud of,” Coyle continued.
“It came in unfortunate circumstances with the injury to Richie but I’ve taken the role on and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. To see everybody behind that ‘Champions’ board on Sunday having their picture taken with the trophy was just the best feeling and something that everybody involved thoroughly deserved.”