The documentary crews weren't waiting and there was no sign of the Class of 92 on his arrival, but for Callum Burton a loan move to Salford City in late 2017 was still a chance to impress in the spotlight.
Burton joined the National League North Club, owned by Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and co, back in November and although his stay was brief, keeping two clean sheets in three appearances, it was a move that kick-started a real period of progress for the 21-year-old.
“I’ve played at that level before, but it felt different this time because the spotlight is really on Salford because of who their owners are and because of what the club has done in the last two or three years,” said Burton.
“I didn’t get the chance to actually meet the owners, but I know some of them were at the matches and they’re heavily involved in everything that happens there. That is shown by the set-up they have put in place.
“They almost have the exposure of a league club and it was a really good experience. It was good to be playing in a side that was top of the league because it put me under a different kind of pressure. The film crews weren’t at Salford while I was there, but I believe they have been in since so it will be good to watch the next instalment of the Class of 92 series if there is one!
“Loan moves like that are all about trying to get new experiences under your belt so that, hopefully, when my opportunity comes with Hull I’ll be ready for it.”
Salford went on to win promotion to the National League, while for Burton a return to the KCOM Stadium brought a new one-year deal.
The former England youth international was also on the first team bench in the latter part of the season, and rounded off the campaign as part of the squad that travelled to Kenya for a trip that saw a showpiece fixture against Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia and brought the opportunity to support a number of community projects in conjunction with Main Shirt Sponsor SportPesa.
“My first season here has been brilliant and I’ve had lots more opportunities to play games with the U23s as well as the loan opportunity at Salford,” continued Burton.
“The experience in Kenya was brilliant as well as we experienced a different culture, and I think we were all amazed by how many people turned out to see us. The way we were made to feel so welcome was a real credit to the people of Nairobi.”