Sold by us to Burnley Hines career bombed when he couldn’t make the first team squad for them, some thought his career had been dealt an even heavier blow when he moved from Burnley to Bradford but on Sunday Hines will take his place in the squad to face Swansea city at Wembley in the Capital one cup.
This is what he has to say:-
“It was a bit of a shock to me, to end up in League Two. But once you’re down there you realise there are a lot of good teams in that league. If you have played higher, you think you should be playing at that level all the time, but I’m enjoying it at the moment and it’s not as bad as everyone thinks.
“Some away grounds are a shock to the system and the style of play is quite different to what I’m used to. I have tried to adapt my game to how the league is.
“The Premier League is more technical and at West Ham it was all about technique, but I have to change. As a team we’ve proved we could play a lot higher after beating Aston Villa, Arsenal and Wigan and, as an individual, I want to do the same.”
Jamaican-born Hines remains close friends with two of his former Hammers team-mates, James Tomkins and Jack Collison.
“They’re happy for me but they say I shouldn’t be playing in League Two because I’m better than that,” he said. “They know what I can do. In a strange way, playing against Premier League sides is not easier, but it’s more comfortable.
“I know what it’s like to play against the top teams and my best Bradford performances have been against Premier League clubs. Others have said the same thing.”
“I’ve had a big dip,” he said. “But playing in this team and getting to where we have in the League Cup has given me confidence in what I can do.
“Now it is all about showing it and getting the chance to show it. Last year at Burnley I didn’t get much of a chance and it was hard.
“Wembley is a good opportunity for me, if the manager picks me, I’d like to show everyone I could still play at the highest level.”
“At West Ham, I went to see the manager, Sam Allardyce, because I had got to the stage that I needed to play,” he said. “He didn’t give me the feeling that I was going to, so when Burnley came in I thought it was a chance to play there.
“Eddie Howe said a lot of things about how I’d be a big part of the team, but I went there and it wasn’t the case so I moved on.”