Defender speaks ahead of Cardiff City tripJOS Hooiveld says he’s ready to fight for his place in Neil Adams’ first team.
The defender joined the Club’s ranks on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day, and he’s eager to push his name into contention for a starting spot.
“It’s going to be tough, the boys have done well the last few games. They are five games unbeaten, and ten points from five league games is not a bad start,” he told the media on Thursday.
“It’s not going to be an easy thing, it’s going to be something I’m going to have to work hard for but I’ve never been shy of a challenge.
“I’m going to try for that like everybody else. They want to play football and it’s no different for me. The thing I’m going to do is work hard every day in training, and then I’ll see where I end up.”
Despite the speed at which the move came about, Hooiveld says he’s settled in quickly to life with the Canaries.
“Very well actually. It was very quick move. I had about ten minutes to pack a bag and come this way! It’s been good ever since so I’m happy.
“A lot of people we very positive, and to be fair I have to agree with most of the things I’ve heard. There’s a very positive atmosphere, very positive boys. It’s all good.”
The Dutchman played a pivotal role in Southampton’s promotion from the Championship in 2012, and he admits it was a tough decision to leave the south coast outfit.
“It was a little bit. I really enjoyed it there and I felt really appreciated.
“For me, that’s a big deal. For everyone in life, that’s really important – to feel appreciated for what you do and what you’re working hard for. It’s nice to see that the fans were really kind in their words; it gave me a warm heart.
“I’m up to speed and I’m ready to go.”