Hull City

Samuelsen: This Is An Important Move For Me

16 January 2020
Martin Samuelsen has described his transfer to Hull City as an “important move” for his career and admits he can’t wait to get going in black and amber.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Tigers today after penning a two-and-a-half year deal to complete his switch from West Ham United.

And Samuelsen, who first moved to English football when signing for Manchester City at the age of 15 before making the move to the Hammers in the summer of 2015, is thoroughly excited about this new stage of his career.

“It’s an important move for me and my career,” he said.

“It’s a new start for me – a new club, new team-mates and a new environment. I’m super excited about the challenges that lie ahead.

“At my age, it was important for me to go somewhere that I’m going to play football at an appropriate level.

“It will be my third time in the Championship having played on loan at Blackburn Rovers and Burton Albion at this level, so the adaptation process has already started.

“It’s more important that I get to know my new team-mates and adapt to the team’s style of play but I have proved before that I can play in the Championship and I just can’t wait to get going in a Hull City shirt.”

Samuelsen arrives at the KCOM Stadium on the back of successful loan spell with his hometown club FK Haugesund in Norway, where he racked up an impressive tally of 14 goals and five assists in 39 appearances in all competitions.

“It was definitely a successful period for me. I had a great year back in Norway after being away from home for such a long time.

“Having had a lot of loan moves going from place to place, I felt as though I needed some stability. With that in mind, I went home to my childhood club, stayed with my family and kind of rebuilt myself.

“I had a really good season with FK Haugesund and got to a cup final and after that, I understood I needed to continue with that stability.

“The only options that interested me was to stay in Norway, where I had enjoyed success, or come to Hull City because of Grant McCann. I’ve chosen to come here and I’m so glad I did.”

The three-time capped Norwegian international was also greeted by some familiar faces as he introduced himself to his new team-mates at the Club’s Cottingham Training Ground this morning, having previously played alongside Reece Burke, Callum Elder and Leonardo Da Silva Lopes earlier his career.

“It was nice to see some familiar faces on my first day,” he added.

“I know Reece well from my time at West Ham – he’s a great guy – and there’s also Callum Elder and Leo, who I played with during my time on loan at Peterborough.

“It’s been a good start and, as I say, I’m really excited at what lies ahead for me here at Hull City.”