Hull new-boy in great shape

Dutchman feels as fit as ever despite being a free agent all summer

Vennegoor of Hesselink: As fit as ever

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New Hull City signing Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink insists he has never felt so fit despite not having a club all summer.

The 30-year-old rejected the chance to stay at Celtic at the end of last season and found himself training with Steve McLaren's FC Twente in his homeland.

McLaren had his men back in pre-season early with UEFA Champions League qualifiers to prepare for and the gruelling sessions have paid dividends for the towering Dutch frontman.

The striker, who bagged 44 goals in 108 appearances in all competitions during his time with the Hoops, now has his sights set on a possible debut against Sunderland next Saturday.

"I have never felt so fit," he told the Sunday Mirror.

Intense

"After leaving Celtic, I trained with my physio and after that Steve McLaren let me train with FC Twente.

"They had Champions League qualifiers so the training was very intense. It meant I was still playing football and I now have a base to build from.

"I looked at other clubs and held talks, but I did not get the right feeling from them. When I came to Hull I got the right feeling."