ANDREW VORCE - Friday, January 28, 2011
Aston Villa's Brad Guzan is excited about the prospect of more first team games after receiving an extension on his loan to Championship club Hull City.
The Tigers continue to progress with the American at the back, but Guzan had little time to prepare for the move initially. Guzan said that as soon as the loan possibility was made aware to him, he immediately jumped for it.
"I found out about the opportunity on Thursday night, two days before the first game, things were completed by the next morning," Guzan told YA.
"I am definitely excited to be playing first team [soccer]. Any time you get a chance to play first team [soccer] it is important, so for me this opportunity is a great chance to play a few games."
The former Chivas USA shot stopper slotted straight into Hull's starting line up at KC Stadium against Leicester. Liam Rosenior was sent off in the game as the Tigers fell to a 1-0 result in his debut.
Hull bounced back and beat Portsmouth 3-2 away from home and the Tigers have gone undefeated since then with the American in net.
Guzan was unable to play in Hull's 3-2 loss at home to Wigan in the FA Cup due to being cup tied with his parent club Aston Villa, but they then bounced back with a 2-0 home win over Barnsley before tying Reading 1-1 away from home.
The Illinois native says that the actual game play aspect to the loan is what will make him a better keeper.
"For me the biggest thing is playing games and being in game situations that you can not recreate on the training ground," he continued.
"The games are what you play for so to be a part of them and help this team push up the [standings] is definitely exciting.
"Everyone at the club has been great so far, and the transition has been fairly easy. My time here has been great. The players and staff have made the transition pretty easy for me which always helps in a situation like this."
Guzan and company face Queens Park Rangers at home on Saturday before the quick turnaround when they welcome Leeds to KC Stadium on Tuesday.