Windass: I will fight for my place at Hull

September 30, 2008

Dean Windass today revealed that he will stay and fight for his place at Hull after holding talks with manager Phil Brown.

Windass played an important role in securing Hull's promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history by scoring the winning goal in their 1-0 playoff final win over Bristol City.

The former Middlesbrough man scored in Hull's 2-1 Carling Cup loss at Swansea but has made only league appearance this year - in the Tigers' 5-0 home defeat against Wigan.

He was also left out of the squad to face Everton two weeks ago which led to suggestions that the Scot may be surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium.

He has been linked with moves to Barnsley and Bradford and was even rumoured to be on the shortlist for the vacant manager's job at League Two side Grimsby Town.

But after holding clear-the-air talks with Brown yesterday, Windass insists that he will stay at the club after the Hull boss made it clear he still has a part to play for the club this season.

''Phil doesn't want me to leave and I don't want to leave. He thinks I still have a big part to play at Hull so we've shaken hands on that and we're both delighted,'' Windass wrote on his ITV Sport blog.

''The lads are doing so well and of course I want to play a part in that. I'm going to fight for my place but even if I'm not in the team, I'll be the first one giving the lads a gee-up.

''I'll be training just as hard as ever: Phil knows if he calls on me then I won't let him down. He couldn't promise me this morning that I'll play more than I have been and like any manager he can only pick 11 players.''

He added that he was delighted with the Tigers' impressive start to the season that has seen them rise to sixth in the league, especially after the club's shock 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday.

''To win at Arsenal on Saturday was absolutely amazing. I may not have played but at the end of the day I'm a Hull City fan,'' said Windass.

''I've never been one to hope the team loses if I'm on the bench or whatever. I really felt a part of that victory anyway. The lads are buzzing at the moment.''