The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Matty Dale

HULL City head coach Nigel Ad­kins has backed winger David Milinkovic to make a suc­cess of his time at the club, de­spite ax­ing the French­man from his 18-man squad to face lead­ers Nor­wich.

The 24-year-old, who im­pressed at Hearts last season in the Scot­tish Pre­mier­ship, is a sum­mer sign­ing for the Tigers but is yet to start since join­ing from Genoa and re­port­edly turned up late ahead of the 0-0 draw at the KCOM Sta­dium.

Ad­kins re­fused to an­swer di­rect ques­tions about Milinkovic’s dis­ci­plinary record af­ter the game, but said he hoped the winger would come good for the Tigers over the course of the season.

Ad­kins said: “I want David to do re­ally well. We talked to him. Dis­ci­pline’s a big thing that we have at our club. I want David to do well. I’m sure, at some stage, he will do.”

With lead­ing scorer Fraizer Camp­bell banned for the Nor­wich game and mid­fielder Dan Batty in­jured, Ad­kins needed to draw on his squad re­serves to find ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to make up the 18.

But Milinkovic, who was re­cently sent off play­ing for Hull’s un­der-23 side and who has made just four sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances for the first team, has not done his fu­ture at the club any good and still has over two years left on his con­tract.

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