Hull City midfielder Tom Cairney hopes to take a starring role in the club's efforts to gain promotion next season.
Nigel Pearson's Npower Championship side are tipped to be in the promotion mix next season, with Corry Evans, Joe Dudgeon, Dele Adebola, Paul McKenna and Jack Hobbs all added permanently to the ranks ahead of a tilt towards the top six next season.
Cairney, a product of the club's academy and a player who made his debut at the KC Stadium two seasons ago in the Barclays Premier League, is aiming to become a regular in the forthcoming campaign, and plans to suitably impress his boss during pre-season this summer.
"I felt that I did well in the Premier League, but was a bit on-off last season. I'm determined to prove my worth though and I'm desperate to claim a regular place in midfield," said the 20-year-old
"In terms of competitiveness I personally believe that the Championship is one of the hardest leagues out there. You have to be at the top of your game every time you play if you want any success. It's a relentless season with the volume of games played, so there's no doubt that the full squad will have a vital part to play over the coming months."
"With the quality within the camp, as well as the team spirit around the place, I feel that we have to be positive in our thinking and challenge at the right end of the table."
Head of Football operations Adam Pearson has added a further boost to Tigers fans, stating this summer's transfer activity is far from over as the club look to build the strongest squad possible.
"We've got some work still to do but the squad certainly looks stronger than it did last year," Pearson told the Hull Daily Mail.
"We're quietly confident that we're going to have a decent season. We feel we could surprise one or two people. It's already apparent that we've brought some very good characters into the club."
Manager Pearson concurred with his namesake, and referring to additional player recruitment he added: "As Steve Walsh (head of recruitment) says, we're always looking to strengthen. You're never happy. If you are, you never go forward, you stand still and eventually go backwards."
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