Hull goalkeeper Myhill out to make his mark as the Tigers prepare for Wembley

Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill insists he is ready to prove himself in the Barclays Premier League just over four years after being axed by Aston Villa.  

Myhill has worked tirelessly to revive his career since leaving Villa to join the East Yorkshire club for £50,000 in December 2003.  

The 25-year-old has proved an inspired signing, helping guide the Tigers from the Football League's bottom tier to within one game of reaching the top flight for the first time ahead of Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship play-off final against Bristol City.

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Boaz Myhill

Aiming high: Myhill is convinced he can cut it in the top flight

Myhill has now set his sights on clinching a third promotion in five seasons to complete a remarkable few years for the California-born goalkeeper, who won his first cap for Wales against Luxembourg earlier in the year.  

"We came to an agreement at Aston Villa that I was never going to play there, I was not ready," Myhill said.  

"I wanted to play and I was fed up of playing two or three reserve games a month and basically doing nothing else but train. I think leaving was probably the right thing to do and I don't hold any regrets.  

"It's a club I've always supported, but things don't always work out the way you want them to in football and sometimes you have to leave clubs and work hard in order to improve.  

"I'd like to think that's what I've done at Hull. Every player wants to play at the highest level and I'm no different. We now have a great chance of clinching promotion here at Hull. 

"Obviously the stadium here is a Premier League stadium, I don't think anybody can argue with that. It's up to us as a group now to prove that we are a Premier League squad."  

Myhill is quick to praise manager Phil Brown for the integral part the former Derby boss has played in transforming Hull's fortunes over the last 12 months.  

The Tigers staved off the threat of relegation last season under the shrewd stewardship of Brown and are now on the brink of creating club history.  

Myhill continued: "He's a very positive manager. He sets high standards for us and had high aspirations at the beginning of the season which a few people raised eyebrows at, but we've gone some of the way to meeting them.  

"He's done a wonderful job really because when he came in last season we were right amongst it in the quagmire and it wasn't an enjoyable time to be here.  

"He turned it round and here we are in a place where we have a chance of getting into the Premier League now and that's all down to him."  

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Rolling back the years: Veteran Dean Windass (left) was on the mark as Hull booked their place in the final with victory against Watford

Brown has installed a new-found togetherness and resolve that has helped the transform the club into promotion hopefuls and Myhill believes that is partly due to the array of experienced players on the books at the KC Stadium.  

"Some of the senior players like to keep you on your toes and are always setting high standards to follow and it's one of the things that either makes you or breaks you at Hull," Myhill said.  

"We're fortunate really as we've got a good group of senior professionals - players like Nick Barmby, Dean Windass, Ian Ashbee and Wayne Brown - and we're blessed that we've got them all over the pitch.  

"They'll always answer any questions you've got, they'll always talk to you about football and try and point you in the right direction."  

Myhill had a three-month loan spell at Ashton Gate in 2002 and is relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against Gary Johnson's side, despite not making a first-team appearance for the Robins.  

"Every now and then you do come against a club you were on loan to, or used to play for, and it's not something that is a motivating factor for me," he added.  

"I think Bristol City have had a fantastic season and we are going to come up against a real tough side. We will treat them with real respect, as we have done with every team this season."

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