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Windass set for showdown talks over future

Dean Windass will have showdown talks with Hull boss Phil Brown this week after making public his frustration at his lack of opportunities with City this season.

The Hull-born striker, 39, scored the winner in May's play-off final victory over Bristol City that took the Tigers into the top flight for the first time in their history but has made only one Premier League appearance so far this season.

After not even making the squad for the 2-2 draw against Everton last weekend, he has now revealed he will seek a move away from Hull if Brown cannot guarantee him more of a role.

He wrote in his blog on ITV's website: "These are strange times for me at the club I love as however much I'm enjoying seeing Hull City play in the Premier League, I'm getting more and more frustrated about not being involved.

"And it looked even bleaker on Sunday when I wasn't even named on the bench for the 2-2 draw with Everton. It was the first time in 18 years that I'd been fit but wasn't involved and it hurt like hell.

"I've got a meeting with manager Phil Brown this week to discuss my future and if he tells me that this is the way it's going to be then I will have to consider my options.

"I'm not one of these footballers who doesn't mind picking up a cheque every week for not playing and I also don't want to train every day and then end up taking the dog for a walk on a Saturday.

"At the start of the season the manager made positive noises about me saying I had a role at the club this season and I want to see if this is still the case. If not then fine, but tell me and I'll go and play somewhere else.

"I've always said I'd like to carry on playing until I was 42 and I still think it can be with Hull City in the Premier League, but it's his opinion that counts the most and if he tells me differently I'll accept it and move on.''

Windass began his professional career with Hull in 1991 before spells with Aberdeen, Bradford and Middlesbrough, among others. He continued to be a regular goalscorer during his second spell with Bradford, earning him a dream return to Hull last year.

Meanwhile, midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos is hoping to make his Hull debut against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday after joining City this week.

The 34-year-old was released by Bolton at the end of last season after five years at the Reebok Stadium and his only competitive football since then came with Greece at the European Championships.

Stelios told the club's official website: "I wish for my debut to be on Saturday. I need some football training to get my football fitness back, but I don't think it will take too long for me to be fit and ready to play for the club.

"I want to be ready for Arsenal, but it is up to the manager and the fitness coach to see how my fitness levels compare.''


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