After putting pen to paper on a three-year contract at Norwich City, Jordan Hugill is champing at the bit to get started in yellow and green.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk at Lotus Training Centre on Monday evening, Hugill sat down for his first club interview.
canaries.co.uk: Jordan, welcome to Norwich City. How do you feel to get the move across the line?
JH: Really delighted. As soon as I knew they were interested in taking me, it was a decision that I wanted to move quickly. To come here is brilliant for me and my family to get settled again and hit the ground running.
canaries.co.uk: Can you tell us a bit about your pathway up to this point? You were a bit of a latecomer to professional football.
JH: Yeah, I was working behind a bar for a bit at first and then got my chance at Port Vale before moving to Preston. I flourished at Preston and then moved to West Ham. I was absolutely buzzing at the time, but things didn’t go the way I wanted them to. It’s led me here and I’m relishing the challenge now.
canaries.co.uk: You had a little bit of a taste of the Premier League at West Ham, so how hungry are you to experience it fully with Norwich hopefully before long?
JH: Yeah, it’s one of the main reasons I’ve come here - to get the club back in the Premier League and to prove myself again. I believe I’m a Premier League player and so do the manager and Stuart. For me, it’s to get this club back to where they want to be and for me to prove a point.
canaries.co.uk: What were the other factors that convinced you to join this club?
JH: You look around at the training ground and the confidence that Stuart and Daniel showed in me when they realised that I could be available, they struck. They wanted to get to know me, my personality and get to know what I’m like around people at the training ground and my work ethic.
For someone to show that confidence in you, you can only admire it, so for me personally I want to put my faith in the manager and everyone else here and do what I can do and have done over the last few years to prove myself.
canaries.co.uk: What do you expect Stuart and Daniel to be looking for from you this season?
JH: Goals! That’s what a striker comes in for. I had my best scoring season in the Championship last year and I can only improve on that. That was playing mainly the full season injured as well. Now, I’m fully fit and raring to go and hopefully I can improve on the 15 goals I scored last year and maybe reach the 20 mark.
canaries.co.uk: Would you say you’re a different type of striker to the ones we have here at the moment, and how much are you looking forward to working with Teemu Pukki?
JH: Yeah, most definitely. I saw a lot of him in the Championship and the goals he scored, so you can only be excited by the prospect of working with someone like that and hopefully help him score goals and for him to help me score goals.
That’s why I’ve come here. A lot of people now know what I’m about as a footballer - I’m a big, physical presence who will batter a defender around, so quite old school - but I’m also a very powerful striker who can get in the box and on the end of things.
For me personally, I want to come here to excel, score goals and, more importantly, bring good performances.
canaries.co.uk: Kieran Dowell is another recent signing with Championship experience. What have you made of the quality that’s been added to the squad over the summer?
JH: I think the club’s done brilliant. The main thing is they’ve kept hold of the team that took them up last time after rewarding them with time in the Premier League. They’ve managed to keep hold of a lot of them so far, which is brilliant for the club.
canaries.co.uk: Have you had a chance to meet any of the lads yet or do you know anyone here already?
JH: I was with Sam Byram at West Ham, so I know him. I’m a people person so I get to know people quickly and I like to think I’m a good personality! I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone, but more importantly I’m looking forward to succeeding with everyone.
canaries.co.uk: You must be looking forward to building team chemistry in the pre-season when you fly off to Germany after this interview!
JH: Yeah, definitely. That’s what pre-season is about - getting to know how people play and everyone’s style of play. More important is to build a bond with the team that is new to me. It’ll be new for them to play with me.
They may have seen me play before, but getting to know me as a person is completely different to playing against me.