Liam Rosenior: 'I'll do my all to win new Hull City deal'
LIAM Rosenior is aiming to use the final months of the season as a stage to prove he is still worthy of a long-term future with Hull City.
The versatile 28-year-old will see his current deal expire this summer and, as yet, has received no formal guarantees he will be offered an extended stay at the KC Stadium.
A fall from prominence under Steve Bruce this season leaves a question mark hanging over Rosenior's future, but the return of loan-star Ahmed Elmohamady to Sunderland last week has left the door ajar for an inviting run in the right wing-back role.
That will continue when the Tigers host Barnsley in the FA Cup fourth round tomorrow and a relaxed Rosenior is keen to showcase his talents ahead of an uncertain summer.
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"I'm comfortable and I'm happy," Rosenior told the Mail. "If I perform to how I can then I'll have no worries at all.
"I've got to do my best for the club, help them get promoted and hopefully I'll be a Premier League player next season.
"The manager has mentioned that he'd like me to stick around and that's nice.
"But we'll just have to wait and see. It's not just me, there's a handful of players (out of contract) in the same position as me here.
"I'm not in a position to beg for a contract. I'm not going to keep knocking on the door for one, I'll let my football do the talking."
Having joined City in October 2010 as a free agent, Rosenior will see a two-and-a-half-year deal elapse at the end of this season.
Rosenior makes no secret of his desire to remain in East Yorkshire – if only to avoid the wrath of his City-supporting Grandmother.
"I'd love to stay here," he said. "Every minute of being here since I stepped through the door, I've enjoyed coming in and working hard.
"I'd like to stay and see the club do well and besides my Nan would kill me if I did leave! That's another big reason to stay."
Although Rosenior has played some part in 28 of City's 32 league and cup games this season, the arrival first of Elmohamady and then of Robbie Brady has limited his opportunities in the wing-back roles.
Elmohamady's return to parent club Sunderland last week brought a start in the 1-1 draw at Peterborough last weekend and Rosenior is keen to post another reminder of his qualities against Barnsley tomorrow.
"It's a chance for me to show I'm still quite good at what I do," he added.
"Sometimes when you're not in the team people forget and you feel forgotten.
"I'm not going to be beating people with skill, I'm a defender, not a winger. But I can add my defensive qualities and add different things that Elmo, who's been unbelievable for us, might not be able to offer.
"I'm not going to try and be Elmo. I'm going to try and play the game how I play it and that's more than good enough in the Championship.
"I'm not being arrogant, but for two years I couldn't see a better right-back in the league. I know I've got qualities."