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Greaves on his loan move to the Robins

9 August 2019


Greaves on his loan move to the Robins

9 August 2019

Central defender Jacob Greaves joined Cheltenham Town on a six-month loan deal earlier this week and sat down to discuss his first move away from Hull City as he secured a switch to Gloucestershire until January.

Welcome to Cheltenham Town, are you excited now the deal is done?

JG: Yes definitely. I obviously got here last night and stayed in a hotel. I got to train with the boys this morning and trained with all the lads and they're top boys. I'm delighted to be here and can't wait to push on.

Your long-term future is sorted after signing a new deal at Hull, ready for a new challenge in the interim?

I think that now the contract is sorted I can focus on the future and now that I'm here I've got the back up of that contract. But now that I'm here, I'm going to keep working hard and try to push on to do as well as I can at Cheltenham.

How would you describe yourself as a player?

I'm a centre-half and my strength is playing out from the back with the ball. I also like to defend in the box but I am a team player that will give my all for the team and will give 100 per cent week in week out.

You got some game time for the Hull first team in pre-season, how was that experience?

Against Amiens it was my first proper start, albeit not competitive, at the KC Stadium for the first team and I really enjoyed it playing against a good team which was a challenge. I think I did well, challenges like that make you a better player and hopefully I can take that into this season. I had a good pre-season with the first team by playing a lot of games for them and now I want to take that into the games for Cheltenham.

How do you feel about going out on loan for the first time?

I've lived at home my whole life really but things moved quickly. I knew they were interested in getting me out on loan and I came in yesterday morning, they said Cheltenham were interested and we want to get you down there so I came in from training, packed my suitcase and came straight down to the hotel. It's different for me but I'm looking forward to a new challenge.

Max Sheaf is here on loan from Hull too, has he helped with you settling in?

It's good to have Sheafy here as well but all the boys have been great. But having him here too I can go to him whenever I want, he's one of my close friends. I spoke to him this morning and he said the club is good and that the standard is high. I came in this morning and didn't know where to go or what to do and he was there to help me. Now I've got through that first day I can get used to it and keep going.

Hull manager Grant McCann knows Cheltenham well, what has he said to you?

He's been really good and hasn't said anything to make me worried about it. He said I'm going to go there and enjoy it and try to play as many games as you can, give your all and do everything as you would normally and you'll see the rewards. He told me he knows the gaffer well having worked with him as they were roommates before and said that he's a great guy. I've seen that and have spoken to him this morning, he's talked me through how the team play and what he wants from me. Both have been great but the gaffer at Hull has been good with me and has had the belief to try and get me out on loan instead of playing Under-23s football which is what I want to do to get out and experience first team football.

Can Michael Duff's pedigree as an ex top-flight defender benefit your development whilst here?

It's perfect for me. To get tips off a former Premier League defender, even from just one day in training I've learned a few things just picking up information from him which is good.

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