Hull City

Weir Keen For A Chance To Impress

21 August 2017
James Weir is determined to make the most of his opportunity if he is selected to start in the Tigers' Carabao Cup Second Round clash with Doncaster Rovers tonight.

Weir has started just one game since joining the Club from Manchester United 12 months ago, but will be keen to impress if given the nod from Head Coach Leonid Slutsky.

“I’m sure there will be a few changes to the team tonight and it will be a good chance for some of the lads that haven’t been involved yet to stake their claim and take their opportunity,” said Weir.

“It’s a different type of game. It’s a knockout competition, so we’re all raring to go and looking to impress.

“I’m certainly someone who wants to be playing more minutes than I have been doing and tonight can be a chance to get myself in the manager’s plans for the Championship fixtures coming up.

“I think the manager knows that we all have the ability, it’s just getting the chance to show it out there on the pitch and hopefully I can do that if I get the chance against Doncaster. I want to prove to the manager that I am ready to play regularly.

“This is a competition that we had a good run in last season, getting to the semi-finals, and it was nice to be involved in that. That is what these competitions are all about, getting past the early rounds and seeing how far you can go.”

Weir admits it has been a strange 12 months since arriving from Old Trafford. A regular face in the squad if not on the pitch during the first half of last season under Mike Phelan, the midfielder was then loaned out to Wigan Athletic for the final four months of the campaign following the arrival of Marco Silva as boss.

Pre-season saw Weir play in a number of positions under new Head Coach Slutsky, before a first league appearance in black and amber came as a late substitute at Aston Villa on the opening day of 2017/18.

“It’s been a weird 12 months,” Weir continued.

“Obviously I would have liked to have played more football than I have done and I’m sure the Hull fans are wondering what I’m actually like as a player.

“Hopefully I can show them that this year. I’m just waiting for the chance to do that.”