Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic keen to prove he can be number one
ELDIN Jakupovic has promised new arrival Ben Amos that he faces fierce competition in the battle to emerge as Hull City's number one goalkeeper this season.
Amos is due to complete his season-long loan move to the KC Stadium this week after fulfilling his commitments to feature in Manchester United's pre-season tour of South Africa.
The 23-year-old arrives in East Yorkshire keen to gain some valuable first-team experience with the Tigers, but Jakupovic has stressed he will not be content to assume the role of understudy.
"It is going to be difficult but I have not come here to sit on the bench, I have come here to play," said Jakupovic, who signed on a free transfer earlier this month.
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"Ben has come from Manchester United so he is a very good goalkeeper, but I will fight and give my best.
"We have time in pre-season and I will try to prove to the manager who I am and what I can do."
Jakupovic was afforded the first opportunities to impress when playing the full 90 minutes in friendlies against North Ferriby and Grimsby Town last week.
Both were competent performances, but Amos may get his first chance when the Tigers travel to face Rochdale this weekend.
City boss Steve Bruce has previously insisted he is uncertain who will be his preferred keeper and will only make a decision based on form during pre-season.
Keen to make up for lost time with City, Jakupovic has hopes for a big debut season after a frustrating spell in the wilderness followed his exit from Greek club Aris in January.
"Promotion to the Premier League is our goal," he said.
"Hull City are a big name that must play in the Premier League and not the Championship. I was always watching the games last year (following a trial period at the KC) hoping that they would go up.
"That didn't happen but with some improvements we can win promotion."
Jakupovic and Amos shared the goalkeeping duties as the Tigers beat Oldham 1-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the club's Cottingham training ground yesterday.
The only goal of the game from new boy Sone Aluko as he marked his first game in City colours with a winner.
The Tigers will hope to be in a position to formally announce the capture of Aluko today after a minor hold-up in paperwork delayed the signing yesterday.