Cairney aiming to down Hull

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Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney plans to show old club Hull they blundered by axing him.

The Fulham skipper has emerged as vital player in Slavisa Jokanovic’s engine room.

And Cairney, who has attracted strong interest from Newcastle, now has a £20million asking price on his head to ward off suitors.

It will leave Hull regretting the time they flogged the midfielder for a mere £350,000 to Blackburn three years ago.

Cairney, who will give Hull a close-up view in the FA Cup tomorrow said: “At the moment I’m playing the best football of my career.

“My form has been good and I’m enjoying myself.

“To be given the vice-captaincy last summer was a bit of a shock but I’ve thrived on the extra responsibility. If anything it’s taken my game to a new level.

“The manager has great belief in me and gives me the freedom to play. He tells me to express myself, get on the ball and make us tick.”

Cairney, 26, laughs off his bumper valuation, even if his team-mates don’t let him forget it.

He said: “The players rib me about my price tag. If I misplace a pass in training they are quick to shout out the figure.

“But I just take it as a compliment. I don’t let the talk affect me.

“All I know is that I must be doing something right and that must continue. I’m settled here and enjoy London life with Fulham.”

Play-off chasing Fulham are one of the most eye-catching teams in the Championship and that’s in no small part of Cairney.

Whatever the outcome at Craven Cottage, ending their three-year exile from the Premier League is the priority.

Cairney added: “I might be biased but I think we are playing the best football in the league.

“I don’t think our league position is good enough for the performances we have been putting in.

“If we don’t make the play-offs we will be very disappointed. I’d love to get Fulham back where they belong and we are building a team that can fight for promotion.”

If Fulham do miss out then they will have themselves to blame.

They have paid the penalty by missing a staggering SEVEN of their last nine spot-kicks - with Cairney among the guilty men.

He added: “We have missed a lot. Our ratio is not good and that’s something we need to solve.”



















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