New arrival Eric Lichaj will not be afraid to target promotion to the Premier League when his debut season with Hull City kicks off next month.
Lichaj is so far the only new face in a City squad preparing for the new Championship campaign as Nigel Adkins continues to wait on further additions to bolster a badly depleted squad.
The uncomfortable wait has curbed optimism among supporters on the countdown to a new term but Lichaj still wants to see the Tigers challenging for a top-flight return.
“There’s always 14 or 15 clubs that will begin the season targeting the top six. It’s that type of a league,” said the US international.
“If you can keep most of your guys fit then it’s always something that can happen. I’ve been wanting to get a club promoted in England and that’s my aim. Hopefully I can do it here.
“It doesn’t matter about expectations. You put the pressure on yourself and create goals for what you want to do. I’m pretty sure everyone would say they want to get promoted. I’d think that’ll be the goal for all the guys.
“I know they probably didn’t have the best of seasons by the club’s standards but we’ll see how we get on. I know the manager says some more players will be coming in so hopefully it’ll be a strong squad by the start of the season.”
Having secured a move from Nottingham Forest two weeks ago to begin a fresh challenge at the KCOM Stadium, Lichaj has joined a squad currently short on both numbers and experience ahead of the new Championship season.
The right-back has been already been earmarked out as a new “role model” in the City dressing room by Adkins and those responsibilities will be readily accepted.
“That’s how I am,” added Lichaj. “I’m a family guy and try to do the right things on and off the pitch to keep myself in good nick. If that means I’m a role model then fair play. It’s nice that the manager has said that.
“There’s still a few older guys. Marshy (David Marshall), Fraizer (Campbell) are still up there in age. I’m not the oldest but I just want to contribute what I can and hopefully improve the squad.
“I’ve played in this league for the last five years and I know most of the players and what it takes to produce performances at a level. I just want to get myself ready and hopefully on the first day of the season we bring something special.”