HAMMILL: WE CAN’T BE LIKE WOLVES
HE WATCHED from afar for the most part as Wolves set about their freefall down the Football League but Adam Hammill admits it’s a valuable lesson Huddersfield could do with heeding this season.
Not that the Liverpudlian is setting his sights simply on avoiding the Championship drop this term having made his switch to the Terriers permanent over the summer.
Two and a half years ago the winger had lofty ambitions, he’d just joined Premier League Wolves for £500,000 after a stunning spell at Barnsley and made his debut against boyhood side Liverpool.
Ten league starts, two relegations and two loan spells – including a morale-boosting stint at the John Smith’s Stadium last season – later, Hammill admits he’s emerged from the Midlands battle-hardened.
“I don’t regret my decision (to move to Wolves), at the time you never know if you’ll get the chance to play at that level again,” said Hammill, who left five-time European champions Liverpool for Oakwell in 2009 having never made an appearance.
“It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. If it wasn’t for that I don’t think I would have played for England U21s, I wouldn’t have played at the Emirates Stadium or places like that.
“I played against Liverpool at home, but not at Anfield, that still remains an ambition. So while Wolves didn’t work out the way I planned I still try to take the positives out of it.
“I haven’t got anything but good things to say about the fans, they would come up to me and say ‘you should be in the team’.
“It’s a matter of opinions at the end of the day, but it was frustrating at times because I wanted to help the team, pull on that shirt and get out on the pitch.
“It was difficult to watch, but I have no doubts they will get back to the Premier League.
“I think anything is possible with Huddersfield too. I would like to think we are confident of avoiding relegation but you would have said the same about Wolves last year.”
The managerial merry-go-round at Molineux cost Hammill dearly, and he believes the decision to sack Mick McCarthy last February set the wheels in motion for the relegations down to League One.
But Hammill has found solace under a familiar face in Mark Robins at Huddersfield, the manager who got him his move to Wolves in the first place.
“I worked with Mark before at Barnsley and he knows how to get the best out of me,” added Hammill, who scored 13 goals in 84 appearances for the Tykes.
“It was certainly the most prolific period of my career, I scored a few goals and made a few assists and I was really enjoying my football.
“Mark wanted me to express myself, and it was an easy decision to come here really. Being here last year made it easier. It’s not taken me any time to settle in really because it doesn’t feel like a new club.
“The aim is to progress from last season and finish higher than midtable and I think the way we have started this season offers hope for optimism.
“We should have beaten QPR, we’re playing well, and we have a striker in James Vaughan who is quality at this level.
“But we can’t just rely on him for goals, people like me need to chip in and help out.”
DUEL: Huddersfield’s Adam Hammill and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Liam Bridcutt