Vito Mannone says his time on loan at Hull was invaluable but that he had to overcome some initial reservations before he went there.
Known throughout the UK as the Paris of the North, Hull offered the kind of distractions, bright lights and beautiful women that could test of the focus of a bishop, let alone a fledgling net-minder.
But the Italian knew he’d have to just knuckle down and get on with it if he wanted to turn his career around, and if that meant going to Hull, bacchanalian land of temptation and all, then so be it.
“To be honest, every goalkeeper has his own path,” he told the Evening Standard. “I had mine. I had bad times and I just rolled up my sleeves and worked hard. Then, I thought, ‘let’s go to Hull’.
“Nobody wants to go there really but I found a good club, good fans and I gained experience. I played games as a number 1. 24 games in a row, so that’s what I needed. It helped me going onto the pitch thinking, ‘Ok, I can be number 1 now’.
“I had a great spell last year where I learned how to be a number 1 really. When you play games in a row, it is a big challenge because you need to recover well and prepare for the next one again.”
He goes on to talk about that nightmare game in Greece when he let in the strangest of goals. Arseblog News believes we all exist in this universe but also within our own individual universes, and his universe shifted slightly to the left as the ball continued on its way to goal thus rendering his fly kick useless.
Why did this happen? We’re not universe experts, sadly. For now though, we know the Italian has proved some of the doubters wrong and long may his improvement continue.
Grande, Don Vito! Grande.