Kevin Stewart is eager to put a frustrating first season at the Club firmly behind him in 2018/19.
Stewart signed for the Tigers last summer, agreeing a three-year deal, but his first season at the KCOM Stadium was hampered by a series of injuries, limiting the 24-year-old to just 20 appearances in all competitions.
However, rather than dwell on what’s gone, the central midfielder is keen to focus his attentions on the future and establishing himself as a key figure in Nigel Adkins’ side.
“It was frustrating but it’s important to remember that everything isn’t always going to go your way in this game,” he said.
“You have both highs and lows and you have to deal with all of those. You can’t too carried away with the highs or too disappointed with the lows.
“The injuries last season were disappointing – more so the first two in pre-season because they were impact injuries – ones that I could do nothing about. I couldn’t control events surrounding those whatsoever.
“It was obviously a frustrating time with the injuries. Last season is firmly in the past for me now though. I can’t afford to dwell on that too much. I just have to focus on what I can do to help the team in the forthcoming campaign.
“The aim is to get through the next four weeks with no injuries whatsoever, although it’s just as important for me to do so as it is with everyone else in the squad. We don’t want any injuries ahead of the new season.
“I just want to get back to my best on a football pitch and show what I’m capable of – more so to show myself more than anyone else.
“If I do that then the fans and the Club will see what I’m capable of as well. There will be numerous challenges ahead in the coming season but my desire is to establish myself as a key figure in the side.”
The Tigers have been putting in the hard graft on the training pitch in the opening two weeks of pre-season and Stewart insists the level of commitment will remain the same as they continue their preparations ahead of the Club’s opening fixture of the campaign against Aston Villa in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
“Kicking-off at home is a bonus,” he added. “It’s always a positive to start the season in front of your own fans.
“Hopefully we can enjoy a good pre-season campaign, go into the game with confidence and get a result that can send the fans home happy.
“However, there’s a lot of hard work ahead of us before the opening game of the season and our focus has to be on putting in the work needed – both in training and pre-season fixtures – over the next month in order to make sure we’re ready for the challenge of Aston Villa.”