Will Keane says he is 'itching to play' in Sunday's end of season clash away at Brentford.
After returning from 15 months on the sidelines with a knee injury in late January, Keane has made three starts and seven substitute appearances for the Tigers this term – opening his account for the Club in last month’s 5-0 win away at Burton Albion.
The former Manchester United man admits he doesn’t want the Championship campaign to end and is keen to play his part in helping Nigel Adkins’ side sign off on a positive note against the Bees at Griffin Park.
“I think the end of the season has probably come too soon from my point of view,” he said.
“It was nice to come back after my injury and play a couple of games, but since then I haven’t featured as much as I would’ve liked due to the competition for places we have here.
“It was nice to be given the nod to play against Cardiff last weekend, and I’ll be looking to build on that away at Brentford on Sunday – I’m itching to play! I feel good. I’ve been training hard and I’m ready for the weekend.
“It’s our last game of the season and we want to end the campaign on a positive note. There’s nothing major riding on the game, but we still want to go to Brentford and get the win.”
And once this weekend’s clash is out of the way, Keane admits his focus will be on gearing up for what he hopes will be a successful 2018/19 campaign – both on a personal and team level.
“Hopefully I can be involved at the weekend, help us pick up a win and then my focus will be on pre-season,” he added.
“I missed out on pre-season last summer through injury, so I know it’s a big summer ahead for me. I need to make sure I’m fit and right because it’s going to be a big season for me next year.
“I’ll keep trying to do the right things and hopefully have a good season. I know what I’m capable of and I just want to show that. With an injury-free run and a decent run of games, I believe I can have an impact and help the team.”