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Hinds excited by Tenerife call-up

Freddie Hinds says he is pleased with how far he has progressed since arriving from Luton Town in January.

The 18-year-old started his City career with Jamie McAllister’s development group, but his performances in the past seven months have earned him a call-up to the first team’s pre-season.

Hinds has been involved in each of the club’s five friendlies to date, netting once, and has expressed his appreciation for being included in Lee Johnson’s plans during the week-long training camp in Tenerife.

“I’m just happy to have been called up to the first team and gain valuable experience with the group,” the striker told BCTV in an exclusive interview.

“Even when I moved from the Under-18s to the Under-23s it took a couple of weeks to settle in and that’s the same in my current situation.

“I knew some of the first team players before joining the squad though. We get a lot of time when at lunch and in the gym to speak, and many of them introduced themselves when I initially joined the club.

“I now feel settled and I feel like I’m doing well in training and playing a part in the games.”

With Matty Taylor, Milan Djuric and Aaron Wilbraham all nursing injuries, City’s striking options are limited, but Hinds is determined to do all he can to give himself the best chance of featuring in the season opener against Barnsley.

“I have been blessed in the sense that quite a few (strikers) have got injured so I have had the opportunity to come here,” he continued.

WHAT HE SAID
“I now feel settled and I feel like I’m doing well in training and playing a part in the games.”

Freddie Hinds

“I’m now doing all I can to stay in and around the group and show why I should be here.

“I just try to stay relaxed in front of goal. Once you get used to it, it becomes natural, and it’s important to keep your head and not get too excited.

“I haven’t played a professional league game yet so if I am included in the first team squad this season, whether it be the Barnsley game or not, it will be very special moment.”

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