Markus Henriksen says he is more than ready to take on the mantle of being one of the more senior players in Nigel Adkins' squad.
Having seen a number of experienced figures depart the KCOM Stadium this summer, Adkins has expressed his desire to see the likes of Henriksen and fellow central midfielder Jackson Irvine step up to take more of a leadership role in the Tigers’ ranks during the forthcoming campaign.
Both players played a key role in helping to secure the Club’s Championship status in the second half of last season, with the Norwegian international only too happy to accept greater responsibility in 2018/19.
“Taking more responsibility is something that I am used to and have done at my two previous clubs,” he said.
“We had a lot of older players last year that brought a lot of experience to the group but they have all moved on to pastures new, which means I, along with others, now have to roll up my sleeves and do more in terms of being a leader.
“Being one of the more experienced in the squad, I have to step up and thrive on the extra responsibility. It’s something that really excites me going forward.”
Henriksen was one of a number of players to blossom following Adkins’ arrival at the Club last December, with the 25-year-old quick to praise the man management skills of the former Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading boss.
“Nigel is a great gaffer,” he added. “He is very clear about how he wants the team to play.
“A lot of gaffers have their first eleven and talk an awful lot with those players, but Nigel is very different – he likes to make sure everyone in the group feels involved and part of it all, which is great.
“He is very open, talks to everyone and ensured everyone feels valued. That is very important because you need the whole squad in a long season, especially in a league as tough as the Championship.
“Hopefully we can build on the positive manner in which we finished the previous campaign under his guidance and get the results needed to make sure we’re involved in a completely different fight at the end of the coming season.”