Di’Shon Bernard is hoping to follow in the footsteps of England and Manchester United star Harry Maguire, when he’s handed the chance to stake a claim in the Hull City starting XI.
Bernard arrived from the Old Trafford giants on loan last week before going on to give an assured display in City’s comfortable 2-0 friendly win over his parent club’s Under-23 side on Saturday afternoon, and will hope to be involved at Deepdale on Saturday when the Tigers launch their Championship campaign against Preston North End.
Maguire worked his way up through the leagues joining City from Sheffield United in 2014 before then moving to Leicester City three years later to establish himself as one of Europe’s top defenders.
His story took another remarkable twist in 2019 when United paid a world record £80m to sign the defender from the Foxes, with the 28-year-old from Sheffield going on to score in a World Cup and European Championships for England.
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Aged just 20, Bernard, who spent last season on loan in League Two with Salford City, admits he looks up to Maguire and uses his success story as inspiration.
“I can use somebody like Harry Maguire as an inspiration,” Bernard said.
“He is somebody who has shown that you aren’t always going to go from the academy straight into the first team.”
Since leaving Chelsea for United in 2017, Bernard has played in the Europa League for the Red Devils – a game which saw him net an unfortunate own goal in a 2-1 defeat away to Astana – and enjoyed a successful spell with Salford where he played 29 times, playing his part in keeping 14 clean sheets for the Ammies.
And he hopes by being involved with a Championship squad will auger well for his development, and chances of going back to Old Trafford and making inroads towards what is a very competitive first team.
“Sometimes you’ll go out on loan, play games at different levels and develop that way,” he added.