Angus MacDonald admits he's already played more minutes in black and amber than he expected following his arrival at the KCOM Stadium from Barnsley.
Since becoming Nigel Adkins’ only permanent signing during the January transfer window, the 25-year-old centre-back has made 11 appearances for the Tigers, helping the team to keep four clean sheets in those fixtures, and was quick to express how much he has enjoyed the first three months of his time at the KCOM Stadium when speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bristol City.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it since arriving here,” he said. “I’ve probably played a lot more here than what I expected.
“Having not been playing so much at Barnsley, I expected to take a while to get involved in the team here. The expectation was to come in, find my feet at the Club and settle in and get a few opportunities to play.
“I know how well I can perform but I was in and out of the team at Barnsley – more so out of the team – before coming here and, as I say, I expected it to take time to get into the side.
“But, I’ve got a lot more minutes under my belt than I thought I would, which has been great.
“I’m very grateful to the manager for the support he’s given to me. He was the one who said yes to bringing me through the door. I have huge respect for him and want to repay him for the faith he’s shown in me.”
MacDonald also had words of praise for Allan McGregor, and insists playing in front of the veteran shot-stopper has helped him to improve his game.
“Allan has been outstanding behind the defence ever since I came in,” he added.
“He really drives everyone on to keep clean sheets and – ultimately – if you keep clean sheets, you end up winning games or not dropping points.
“He’s a real character and has played a key role in our fight for survival – but he can be a bit scary at times!
“He’s normally a big friendly giant – but you know that if you do something to upset him on the pitch, he’s going to tell you about it! So with that in mind, I never like to do anything that will upset him!
“You never want to make a mistake because if you do, you know he’s probably going to kill you!
“In all seriousness, that’s a good thing though. It drives you on to be better in everything you do and that can only help the team.”