Lewie Coyle has set an ambitious target for Hull City’s return to the Championship, with the defender aiming for a second successive promotion.
The Tigers get their 2021/22 campaign underway this weekend as they head to Preston North End, looking to carry the momentum from their League One title win last season.
City will be looking for an improved display on their last showing in the second tier, when they of course relegated from the Championship after finishing bottom in 2020.
There is much more optimism around Grant McCann’s side this time around though, and Coyle believes they should be targeting a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2017.
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“We want to try and get out of the league,” Coyle told BBC Radio Humberside.
“I think people will say that’s unachievable, they’ll say it’s unrealistic, but what’s the point of being in this league if we’re not trying to get to the next level?
“We understand it’s a really tough division, it’ll be a fantastic challenge for us as a group.
“But for me, there’s no point in being in this division if we just want to be mid-table and we just want to survive.
“Why not aim for as high as we can go? And if we fall just short of that, I’m sure we’ll have still had a fantastic season.
“We want to finish as high up that division as we can, really push ourselves and challenge ourselves to get to that next level.”
Coyle added: “Momentum in any sport is such a great thing, and whilst you have momentum you need to harness it and use it, and jump on the back of it.
“We have a winning feeling in the squad at the moment, we’re used to winning games of football which is a great habit to have.
“We need to harness that and use that to our advantage to get off to a great start, and see where it takes us.”