Sheaf Enjoying Learning Curve
Leaving the family home at the age of 16 to pursue your chosen career can’t be easy but, three years after moving north to join the Hull City Academy, Max Sheaf certainly has no regrets.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who was on Arsenal’s books before joining the Tigers back in 2016, saw his decision vindicated last season as he made three first-team appearances, including a first league outing of his career when coming off the bench against Bristol City on the final day of the campaign.
He admits that 2018/19 was the biggest learning curve of his career to date, but it was his years with the Club’s Academy that set him on the road towards it.
“It was all about finding a pathway through to first team football and I definitely feel that coming to Hull City was the right choice for me,” said Sheaf.
“In terms of the decision to move here, it wasn’t too bad to be honest. With everything we have these days it’s so easy to keep in touch with your family when you’re away from home, and their support has made things so much easier.
“I settled in here really well, especially with the support of the staff at the Academy and my team-mates. That helped me massively on and off the pitch. Those times made me stronger as a person. There was a lot of character-building and a lot of happy memories which I’m thankful for.”
Sheaf is now eagerly awaiting the new season as he looks to build on what he has achieved over the last 12 months.
“2018/19 was a big season for me and it’s probably the most I’ve ever learned in a single season,” continued Sheaf, who signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the Club last December.
“Moving up to the senior environment – it’s been the biggest learning curve although it only follows on from everything that I learned with the Academy. Mentally, physically, tactically, technically – I learned a lot.
“I think the last season has been massive in terms of me maturing both on and off the pitch, although I still have a long way to go.
“The aim moving towards the new season is to gain some more first-team experience. Senior football is all I can ask for at the moment and it is down to me to keep working hard to earn that.”