Barmby full of hope

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Nicky Barmby feels Hull have the infrastructure to thrive in The Premiership, but is aware The Tigers will have to work hard to climb out of The Championship.

The forward is one of the senior figures in Phil Parkinson's squad and is looking for the club to take heart from the achievements of Reading and Wigan, who both worked through the leagues before securing promotion to the top flight.

"Everything looks fantastic," Barmby told Sky Sports News. "We have a great fan-base, the chairman is fully committed to the club, so everything is geared towards Premiership football.

"But you have no divine right to get to The Premiership unless you work hard and have the right players.

"I would love to see it and I think we would acquit ourselves well in The Premiership, but it is all about getting there.

"We have got to stay in this league for three or four years and get better. You look at Reading and Wigan, they have done it the right way and if we can emulate those sorts of clubs we won't be too far behind."

Sam Ricketts joined Hull from Swansea in the summer and he is eager to taste success at The KC Stadium.

"It is a big reason why I moved, to challenge myself at the highest level possible and it is another step up for me," said the defender. "I just want to keep that going."