Batty Happy To Have Learned Valuable Lessons
Dan Batty says he has learned many valuable lessons since walking through the doors at the Academy five years ago.
Rejected by Leeds United for being too small at the age of 16, the midfielder joined the Tigers on a two-year scholarship ahead of the 2014/15 campaign after impressing whilst on trial - and he hasn't looked back since!
After honing his talents in the Tigers' youth team at Under-18 level, Batty stepped up to play for the Under-23s, where he quickly became a mainstay of the Development Squad under Jon Beale.
Then came the breakthrough at first-team level. There was three substitute appearances in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in 2017/18 before a league debut arrived on the final weekend of the season away at Brentford.
The expectation was for the 21-year-old to kick on during the 2018/19 campaign - something which he achieved in impressive fashion by making a total of 29 appearances in all competitions, all but two of which came in the Tigers' Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Reflecting on his journey with the Tigers to-date, Batty said: "Like any other footballer, I had room for improvement when I first arrived and I've worked hard to do just that - in all areas of my game.
"I came here at the age of 16 having suffered the setback of being released by Leeds United. That was a difficult moment and something that was hard to take, but looking back it was a blessing really. As a result of that decision, I've come here, kicked on and played first-team football.
"Obviously it was a completely new environment for me to come into having previously been at Leeds, but my new team-mates and all the staff at the Academy made that transition so much easier for me and that has played a big part in my progression here.
"I've gone from signing at 16 to signing my first pro deal two years later, establishing myself in the Under-23s and then pushing on into the first-team set-up. I've enjoyed the whole journey immensely and I've learnt so much since coming here. I've found my home.
"It just goes to show that any set-back in football can be overcome if you're willing to work hard enough for it.
"Obviously I made my league debut against Brentford on the final day of the 2017/18 season but that was just a little taste to get me ready for the season that's just gone. I really enjoyed being part of the team.
"It was great to be part of it all. I found the season so enjoyable - playing and training at Cottingham on a full-time basis and being part of what was a really good group of players and people.
"I managed to get a lot of minutes and a lot of game-time under my belt. It was my breakthrough season for the first-team and it was great to experience Championship football and understand what it's all about.
"I enjoyed every single minute I spent on the pitch. It left me wanting more really and my desire to push on, improve and become a real focal point of the team is huge.
"I'm so pleased with the progress I've made since becoming a Hull City player and hopefully that will continue in the years to come."