It might not have been the start to the season Hull City wanted, but George Honeyman remains bullish about the prospect of things improving in the coming months.

Last season’s Player of the Year is back in contention to start this afternoon’s Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield Town, despite playing just 45 minutes of Championship football this season due to injury.

Honeyman’s influence on the pitch has been keenly felt and his return has given a big boost to boss Grant McCann and the 2,300 sold out contingent of Tigers fans heading across the M62.

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Huddersfield are just a point and place outside the top six after a terrific start to the campaign, and the returning ace has his sights set high.

“I can’t wait to get stuck into it and see where we can go over the next few months,” the former Sunderland man explained.

“I think we’ve seen so far this year with everyone that we’ve played that there’s nobody to be scared of. We have to take great confidence from that and know that we’ve got to back ourselves in every game.

“We’re only a couple of months in and I don’t think we’ve had a settled squad yet. Let’s see where we are in three or four months' time and we’ll have a better idea.

"I think anyone who’s been here for the last few years like myself has still got huge motivation to try and push this club up the league.”

The 2-0 win over Middlesbrough was last time out was just the Tigers’ second of the campaign, but with players coming back and confidence on the rise, Honeyman is one who epitomises the spirit within the dressing room.

“We do believe that we are good enough to compete in this league and be at the right side of the table,” he said.

“I signed for the football club to try and get us back in the Premier League, and that ambition hasn’t changed.

“I think we’ve seen so far this year, everyone we’ve played, there’s no one to be scared of on the day, so we have to take great confidence from that and know that we’ve got to back ourselves in every game, and I don’t see why we can’t go out and win every game.”

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