David Stockdale: Hull City move 'is my big chance'
HULL City's new signing David Stockdale will keep an open mind over his long-term future as he bids to seize his golden chance for regular first-team football with the Tigers.
Stockdale switched to the KC Stadium last Thursday on a six-week loan deal from Fulham and did not have long to wait for his debut when replacing Ben Amos in goal for City's 1-0 loss to Burnley on Saturday.
The temporary move has been designed to give the 27-year-old much-needed action as well as proposing a solution to the Tigers' goalkeeping problems.
City boss Steve Bruce has not ruled out a January move for Stockdale if a deal can be struck and the one-time England squad member is ruling nothing out.
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"If I do well here you never know what could happen in the future," said Stockdale, whose Fulham deal runs until June 2015.
"It's a terrific opportunity for me because I have been struggling to get games in the Premier League because we have been doing so well at Fulham, who are wanting me to stay and hopefully take Mark Schwarzer's gloves when he has finished.
"There were a couple of other clubs but I knew straightaway that I would come here. I said yes straightaway.
"If someone says 'Hull City are in for you' you know who Hull City are, and that's no disrespect to other teams, because they have done well in recent years and with a manager like Steve Bruce it shows where the club wants to go."
Although Fulham have inserted a recall option into Stockdale's loan deal, he is expected to remain with the Tigers at least until January 2, a window of opportunity that could see him start a further eight games.
A debut against Burnley brought mixed emotions for the Leeds-born keeper.
Although a first competitive game for nine months saw him praised by Bruce, he was unable to prevent Dean Marney's first-half strike condemning the Tigers to a 1-0 loss.
"It's been nearly a year since I last played and it is frustrating but to be able to come out to a club like this, a manager like this and a team like this highlights how far they want to go and I was happy to join.
"You don't want to go into a game looking a little bit sloppy so I was nearly match sharp but I felt a bit rusty in the first 10 minutes, especially when the first shot had a little swerve on it and hit me in the chest.
"I thought 'no, it's going to be one of them days' but as soon it happened I thought let's get back in the game."
A fingertip save to deny Ross Wallace from distance showcased Stockdale's talents on his debut but it was a game to forget for City.
"We've learned that we can't play bad in the first half and okay in the second and expect to get something out of a game," he said.
"As a defensive unit a couple of lapses in concentration cost us the goal. It's how we fight back that counts but we didn't react like we should have done.
"If you look at the chances we created in the second half we could have got a point which may have been a bit harsh on Burnley, but you have to scrape a point here and there even when you are not playing well."