Barmby lauds Hull potential
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nicky Barmby believes Hull City can become a Premiership side in the near future.Hull City midfielder Nicky Barmby believes the East Yorkshire club can become a Premiership side in the near future.
The former England international surprised many when he left Leeds United to join The Tigers in the summer of 2004.
Peter Taylor's side were in League One at the time, but the experience of the 31-year-old helped Hull to promotion to The Championship.
With his hometown club set to host Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, Barmby believes Hull have the potential of making the next step up.
"It'll be nice to face Premiership opposition again on Saturday and I do miss going to places like Old Trafford, but I've never lost the dream that I could play there with Hull," Barmby told The Guardian.
"I honestly think the day this city has a Premiership team might not be too far away.
"Hull has a lot of adverse publicity, which is nonsense because it's a fantastic place to live.
"Like everywhere, it's got good bits and bad bits, but the cheap shots frustrate you.
"They come from types who don't know the area and are a little bit ignorant."
Barmby insisted that he was keen to give Hull some of the best years of his career when he joined.
"I didn't want to wait until I was 35 and fading until I got here," he added.
"My problems at Leeds were well documented, but those people who said I was comfortable being out of the team and counting my money had it all wrong because I just want to play football.
"I've gone through good times and bad times in my career, but I've just seen it all as a big adventure.
"I'm in a fantastic job and, for all the talk about selfishness and greed, there are a lot of good people in football."