Hull City's Andy Dawson wants testimonial year to end in a fourth promotion
HULL City's Andy Dawson admits it would be a 'special' season if the Tigers were to maintain their promotion push in his testimonial year.
The veteran defender, who has played in all four divisions for the Tigers in his 10 years at the club, officially launched his testimonial last night.
It saw him reunited with faces from the Tigers' historic promotion to the Premier League in 2008, and with City nicely placed amongst the pace-setters this year, Dawson can see another fairytale story developing personally.
"Obviously it would be very special to be involved in another push for the Premier League in my 10th year at the club," Dawson told the Mail.
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"We know it is still early in the season, but we are well placed and everything is in place for a serious promotion push. It is a real possibility. Steve Bruce has come in this season and built a squad full of quality and there is a good feeling about the place.
"If you look at the talent in the team now it is amazing. The potential is there for us to mount a real challenge."
Dawson accepts that now aged 34, his name is no longer guaranteed its place on the City teamsheet.
But having clocked up 315 appearances since he was signed on a free transfer by Peter Taylor from Scunthorpe, Dawson insists he is still giving the same commitment as day one at the KC Stadium.
"Without a shadow of a doubt I am still loving playing for Hull City," he said. "I'll continue to give my all for the club. If I am not playing, I'll be there giving 100 per cent in training and being the best squad member I possibly can be.
"I'm 34, and that's a bit scary, but I want to keep playing and I will continue playing until I know myself I can't do the job any more."
Having been part of three promotions and one relegation, Dawson has served under three different club owners and seven managers in his time at the Tigers.
And he says the journey is one he has been 'honoured' to be a part of.
"It hasn't just been about my 10 years, it has been about the ride the club has been on, and how the club has transformed," he said.
"We went from the basement to being third in the Premier League in a five-year period, that is amazing.
"Now, Hull City is always going to be a club challenging for the Premier League, and I truly believe that is where it deserves to be."
Dawson's testimonial year, which will include a high-profile friendly in pre-season, came after he signed a one-year extension this summer.
Should City be promoted, Dawson accepts the decision on whether he gets a second shot at the Premier League will be out of his hands.
"That's not up to me, but I will do everything for Hull City and always give my best for the club," he said.
• Picture gallery: The Andy Dawson years