July 18, 2024

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Liam Rosenior sends message to Hull City midfielder after impressive pre-season

The Tigers kick off thier 46-game Championship season at Carrow Road a week on Saturday

The performances of Ryan Woods throughout pre-season are symbolic of Liam Rosenior’s squad at Hull City, and they pose the Tigers’ head coach a real conundrum going into the start of the new season.

Woods has impressed throughout the summer with his performances catching the eye and he got another 20 minutes under his belt in the 1-1 draw at Bradford City on Saturday.

There had been an expectation Woods may be one of the players looking to move on this summer. While anything could yet happen between now and the closure of the transfer window on September 1, the 29-year-old has given himself a real chance of being in Rosenior’s starting XI at Norwich City on Saturday week.

“Excellent, he’s been really, really good,” Rosenior told Hull Live. “He’s come back in really good shape and is fighting for his place in the team and the squad, and that’s all I can ask of him.

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“For me, he’s been a real positive. His quality has never been in question. I’ve always rated him as a player, I really like him as a lad and he’s really knocking on the door, and that’s all you can ask of your players.

“He’s doing great, he’s training fantastically well, and it’s the fittest I’ve seen him for a long time. I don’t have guaranteed places in football.

“If you perform and we win games of football you play in the team so it’s as simple as that. So all Ryan needs to do is keep doing what he’s doing.”

“He’s doing great, he’s training fantastically well, and it’s the fittest I’ve seen him for a long time. I don’t have guaranteed places in football.

“If you perform and we win games of football you play in the team so it’s as simple as that. So all Ryan needs to do is keep doing what he’s doing.”

Woods faces strong competition in the defensive midfield area of the pitch, with Jean Michael Seri, Xavier Simons, Greg Docherty and Regan Slater all capable of playing in that role. But Rosenior says having depth and competition in his squad will be crucial over the next nine months.

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“Like all of the squad, not just Ryan, I’ve got a problem at right-back, I’ve got problems at centre-half, I’ve got problems up front, I’ve got problems in wide areas,” he said.

“For us to get to where we want to be this season, it’s not going to be 11 players that get us there, it’s going to be 22 or 23.”

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