Marcus Maddison is ready for the challenge of the Championship with Hull City

Departing Peterborough United star Marcus Maddison insists he’s ready for the challenge of the Championship with Hull City.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:09 pm
Marcus Maddison and Grant McCann together during their time at Posh.

Maddison (26) moved to Hull on loan until the end of the season today (January 31). He will then fall out of contract at Posh and become a free agent and he’s almost certainly played his last game for his club of the last five years and five months.

Maddison only mentioned Posh in passing when he gave his first interview to Hull’s media team this afternoon. He has linked up again with his old Posh manager Grant McCann who has now signed seven players this season that he had previously managed.

Maddison said: “Stepping up to the Championship is what I needed – and wanted – to do. I’ve been in League One for so many years and clearly proven myself at that level. I think it was the right time for me to move on.

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Marcus Maddison celebrates a goal with then Posh manager Grant McCann.

“The next step for me now is the Championship. I’m grateful to Grant McCann and everyone at Hull City for giving me the chance to do that and my only focus is on replicating my form at this level.

“I’ve had people come to me and say that they think I would be more than capable of doing it in the Championship, but you never know until you try it. All I can do is give it my best shot and see how I do.

“I’ve never been one to set myself targets. If you do and go on achieve them, then you’re happy and content. But, if you don’t, you can maybe get down and disappointed.

“I’ll just strive to be the best I can possibly be. I’ll take each game as it comes and then hopefully – by the end of the season – I’ll be happy with what I’ve done and contributed to the team.”

Maddison was greeted by a number of familiar faces when arriving at the Club’s Cottingham Training Ground to complete his loan switch earlier this morning.

The creative playmaker played with and under McCann during his time at Posh between 2014-2018, with a number of his former Posh team-mates also now members of the Tigers’ current squad.

Maddison added: “The gaffer was a huge factor in the move. I know what he’s all about and how he sets his team up.

“He knows what I can do and what I’m capable of and, most importantly, he believes in me.

“In terms of my new team-mates, I played against Mallik Wilks and Herbie Kane (at Doncaster) last season and there’s a few familiar faces from my time at Peterborough.

“There’s Ryan Tafazolli, Leo (Da Silva Lopes), Callum Elder and Martin Samuelsen, so I know quite a few of the lads already which always helps with the settling in process.”

Maddison scored 62 goals in 249 appearances for Posh and has been credited with an astonishing 86 goal assists for the club.