HAM­MILL: WE CAN’T BE LIKE WOLVES

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Jamie Holt

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.

Pos­i­tives

“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.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

DUEL: Hud­der­s­field’s Adam Ham­mill and Brighton & Hove Al­bion’s Liam Brid­cutt

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