Dudfield: Get Off My Back

Last updated : 14 March 2002 By Andy Beill
Lawrie Dudfield
Lawrie Dudfield - committing to City
There were rumours that he has had off-the-pitch troubles, which have affected his form on the field.

However, he is hoping to put a stop to the talk of him being discontent at Boothferry Park after speaking out today.

He said: "I'm fed up of hearing all this rubbish. Apparently, it all started when a few things appearing on websites. Now, people are walking up to me in the street and asking why I want to leave Hull and why I'm unhappy.
"Nothing could be further from the truth. That's why I have decided to put my side of things and nip this in the bud. I'm happy at the club. I love the place and the people. In fact, I've bought a house up here and I'm very settled."

There was rumour of 'the Dude' leaving for Wolverhapton Wanderers, but he has categorically ruled this out.

"I definitely don't want to leave. I don't want a transfer and I'm not interesting in talking to anyone else.
"All I'm bothered about is helping Hull City clinch a play-off place and hopefully promotion. I think we can do it. We just need two or three wins on the bounce and I just need a few things to start going my way."

He made a great start to his Tigers career after signing for a record fee, but things have not gone well for him over the last few months.

Lawrie Dudfield
Lawrie Dudfield - City move was the right one
He explained: "My confidence is pretty much rock bottom at the moment and all these rumours don't help. You try not to take any notice but it does get to you, especially when things aren't going well, either personally or for the team.
"I was oozing confidence at the start of the season but I have struggled since Christmas. The whole team has and it is a confidence thing.
"People seem to forget I'm still only 21 and I've played more first team football this season than I ever have done.
"I know I made the right decision coming to Hull. It's just certain people have looked at my situation, put two and two together and not come up with four."