BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Scotland star Robert Snodgrass reckons he could become a professional swimmer after all the hours he spent in the pool during his agonising 15 month exile from the game.
However, he insists the hard work has only just begun after making a splash on his return to action this week.
The 28-year-old has not kicked a ball competitively since the opening day of the 2014/15 campaign, when he dislocated his knee on his debut for the Tigers against Queens Park Rangers.
However, he stepped up his recovery on Monday evening by playing 60 minutes for Hull’s under-21 side, even registering an assist during a heartening display.
But Snodgrass is adamant his journey will not be complete until he has cemented his place in Steve Bruce’s starting line-up.
He said: “I have worked so hard to get to this stage and I’d be crazy to take my foot off the gas now. This is where the hard work really starts, especially with the team flying high.
“I want to push hard to get in that team – and this is where it starts. This is the bread and butter, performing on the park, and I’ll keep trying to tick those boxes and move forward.
“I was tired! But I’m absolutely delighted to have come through the game. I felt good, I was making forward runs and did some high-intensity movements. All those long hours of rehab are showing.
“The general fitness is all there, it’s now about getting match sharpness and match fitness. I need to keep playing these under-21 games and get as much out of them as possible.
Speaking to Hull City’s official website, he added: “I need to get used to being in a team again, as well. I’ve been a Lone Ranger for so long now. I’m nearly a professional swimmer with the amount of work in the pool I’ve done.”