Michael Hector has spoken of his delight at being reunited with former Reading boss Nigel Adkins.
Hector spent ten months working with the now 52-year-old during his time at the Madejski Stadium after being recalled from a loan spell at SPL side Aberdeen midway through the 2013/14 campaign.
Following his return, the centre-back was handed his Royals' debut by Adkins - coming on as a late substitute in a 7-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in January 2014 - before a first start for the Berkshire outfit followed in a 1-1 draw with Brighton two months later.
Pleased to be renewing acquaintances with Adkins in black and amber, Hector believes the former Scunthorpe United and Southampton boss is the right man to change the Tigers' fortunes.
"I was out on loan at Aberdeen for the start of his first full season in charge at Reading," he said. "But, he called me back and actually gave me my debut for the club.
"It was under him that my career at Reading really started because he was the one that gave me my chance to impress and the chance to show what I was capable of, something which I will always be grateful for.
"Obviously my time playing under him was cut short in the end, but the overall experience of doing so was very pleasurable.
"He always comes in with a smile on his face. He always wants his players to be positive and show their personalities, which is key.
"Working day-to-day with him was a good experience. He puts his views, points and philosophies across well and I'm looking forward to having that again here.
"With the situation we find ourselves in at the minute, I think he will come in and help the group an awful lot."
Adkins arrives at the KCOM Stadium with the Tigers just two places and three points above the Championship drop zone after a frustrating opening four months of the season that has brought just four wins in 20 games, and Hector believes bringing back the enjoyment factor will be key to improving fortunes.
"First and foremost, we need to get back to enjoying our football again and play and train with a smile on our faces," added the on-loan defender.
"We have to bring that positivity to the front. It's been a tough start to the season, but I know with the talent we have in the squad, we are capable of getting results and moving up the table.
"It's about proving that on the pitch now, not only with skill but also through endeavour and sheer hard work.
"Sometimes we will have to grind out results, especially at this level, and that's the first thing the new gaffer told the group this morning. He wants us to be able to grind out the wins because that's what the Championship is all about."