Saturday, 1 October 2011

Hull star Evans admits being too tubby


HONEST HULL DEFENDER CORRY EVANS CLAIMS HE WAS TOO TUBBY TO TACKLE THE NEW SEASON FOR THE TIGERS.

Former Manchester United youngster Evans admits he started pre-season carrying too much timber.

And the younger brother of United's Jonny accepts that has been impacting on his performances.

Evans, 21, was expected to be a kingpin of Nigel Pearson's side after signing from the Reds in a £500,000 deal on the back of an impressive loan spell.

But the midfielder has been restricted to four starts this term.

He said: ``I probably didn't come back in the best shape from the summer.

``I had a hamstring strain in the QPR game at the end of last year, but then the knock-on effect was that I put on a bit too much weight and came back a bit unfit.

``That was probably down to me and the injury. I sort of knew it.

``Because it's my first full season in a first-team environment where I'm building towards the start of the season in August, I maybe didn't come back as I could have.

``I've got my head around that now and I've learned from it. I'm sure next season I'll come back in much better shape."

Evans returned to the starting line-up for the draw with Doncaster in midweek and hopes to retain his spot for the clash with Cardiff today.

He added: ``I haven't been surprised at not playing because the squad has a very healthy competition for places now.

``You look at James Harper and he's not even getting in the squads now after playing most games last year.

``The squad is looking really good and that can only be a good thing for me.

``That competition pushes me on and makes me want to improve. All you can do is keep your head down and work hard.

"If you're doing it on the training pitch, the manager and coaching staff will not miss that."


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