Matthew Pennington has opened up about the possibility of finding a permanent home after he joined Hull City on a season-long loan this summer.
The 24-year-old has been on loan at six different clubs in the last five years and is hoping that he can finally find a place he can call home. His parent club, Everton, have also loaned out midfielder Josh Bowler to the Tigers this season.
Pennington has started just two games for the Tigers since his loan move, both in the Carabao Cup. He is awaiting a first Championship appearance, and will be hoping Saturday’s fixture against Millwall can be the first of many.
The centre-half hasn’t had the best of spells in recent times. He spent last season on loan at Ipswich, where he couldn’t help prevent the side from finishing bottom of the Championship.
Speaking to Hull Live about his eagerness to play games, Pennington said: “I couldn’t have stayed at Everton, that was something I didn’t want to do.
“To come out here and get some games, that was what I wanted to do. I couldn’t ignore it, I needed to get out.
“I have been looking for it for the last couple of years, it’s not quite happened but I am definitely looking for a permanent home and who knows, that could be here but I need to show what I am about and get in the team before that can happen.
“I’ve had a couple of games here now and I feel a lot fitter, it can only get better from there.
“Everyone wants to play every game but that is not possible because you have more than 11 players in the squad. That comes with football. It is one of them where you have got to keep working hard.”
The type of attitude that Pennington is showing will have pleased boss Grant McCann hugely. The fact he’s here to play games and push into the first team will show McCann that he doesn’t just have a first XI but a good squad.
He seems ready to come in at any moment, and he will get a chance. If he wants to stay at the club, he has to make sure that he takes it.
There’s a lot riding for him on this move, the last thing that the defender will want is a season that doesn’t quite work out. He’ll be chomping at the bit to play, but can’t put too much pressure on himself, otherwise he may make mistakes in the moments that matter to him.