Marc Pugh is settling into life at Hull City having scored his first goal for the club on Tuesday night, although he insists his long-term future is still up-in-the-air.
The 31-year-old made his starting debut for the Tigers in the 2-1 win over Millwall at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday evening but says he is no closer to knowing where his future lies beyond the end of the current campaign.
After four substitute appearances in the black and amber, Pugh was gifted his first start by Nigel Adkins and duly rewarded the manager’s faith firing home a well-executed strike within the first half.
The winger is out of contract with his parent club Bournemouth in the summer, after accepting his time on the south coast is over, and is taking his chance with the Tigers to impress potential suitors.
But with no clues on where he will be next year and having held no discussions with City about staying on, he says he is willing to listen to offers.
“To be honest, I’d never rule anything out. I keep my options open completely and it’s a fantastic football club and I just want to be the best I can be,” he said.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the summer, you can just never tell. I’m just ready for whoever wants me.
“You can never tell what’s going to happen in football. I’m just doing everything I can do for the cause for Hull City and who knows where it will take you. I’m just loving my time and it is a great set of lads, the management and staff have been very welcoming to me and I’ve loved my time so far and hopefully there’ll be a lot more starts to come. I’m relishing the opportunity of pushing on with this club now.”
In the short-term, Pugh appears to have done himself no harm when it comes to becoming a regular fixture in Nigel Adkins’ starting XI.
Operating in a less familiar role on Tuesday, he was inserted into a central position playing behind Chris Martin, instead of his usual left-side berth – but it took him less than a half an hour of football to open his City account.
The 2-1 win over Millwall moved City to within six points of the play-offs and prompted Adkins to proclaim his side are still in the top-six race. Pugh concurs with his manager, while admitting City are certainly underdogs.
“I was delighted to get my first start and obviously a goal is the icing on the cake. I’m just buzzing we got the three points,” the on-loan winger said.
“It was a massive game for us to stay in touch with the play-off places, six points off now, and it’s ours to lose, ours to win. We’re probably underdogs in that pack but who knows what can happen.”
Pugh has also been quick to draw similarities with a Bournemouth side he was part of under Eddie Howe, where they came from nowhere to make the promotion places.
In 2012/13, the Cherries went on an 18-game undefeated run to clinch a place in the Championship and Pugh says the situation is not dissimilar and he has used his experience to try to assist his new teammates.
“When I was in League One with Bournemouth, Eddie Howe left and then he came back and we were 19th in the league and we went on an unbeaten run, ended up finishing second and getting promotion so anything’s possible. You get a good run together, get the confidence, and who knows,” he added.
“I’ve spoke to a few of the lads. It’s just belief and confidence. You can have the best players in the world but if they’re low in confidence, as you’ve seen, then you can’t be successful. You’ve got to be pushing in the same direction.
“Great character – they’ve got that in abundance at Hull and every day there’s miles on their faces wanting to do well for each other. There’s a great team spirit here.”
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