The 30-year-old Hull City hit-man clocked in at Wast Hills this morning ahead of his first training session with the Blues squad after completing a one-month loan move to St. Andrew’s yesterday afternoon. The striker comes straight into contention for tomorrow’s home game with Blackpool but knows he may have to be patient for that first chance to shine.
Giving his first exclusive interview to bcfc.com, McLean said: “I know quite a few of the lads here and there is a strong squad. I’m not expecting to come here and walk straight into the team. I’m going to have to work hard in training and show the manager what I’m about and then hopefully when I get the opportunity I can go out there and show the lads and the fans what I’m about as well.”
McLean seems genuinely excited at the prospect of pulling on a royal blue shirt for the first time. The former Peterborough goal machine has only featured three times for the Premier League Tigers this season and he is relishing the chance to feel that matchday buzz again.
“I’ve played against Birmingham so many times and I know the fans are unbelievable,” he continued. “I’m really looking forward to hopefully making my debut. I know Birmingham’s a massive club so the opportunity to come down here and play some games is one that I couldn’t really pass up.
“I’d spoken to Hull and they were happy to let me go away for a month, so it was an easy decision to make. The actual move came about pretty quickly but it’s something we’d been looking at for a little while. I haven’t really featured that much in the first-team at Hull. Coming back from injury I had a couple of games and then I’ve missed the last two.”
McLean needed little persuasion from Lee Clark to make the switch to the midlands but what the Blues boss did say has certainly whetted his appetite. “The manager told me that he has a good team which creates a lot of chances,” said the pacy front man. “There are nine games in the month that I’m here so I just want to make sure that I get my head down, do well, score some goals and help Birmingham move up the table. That’s my main aim.”
Clark himself is thrilled at the prospect of having the former England C international amongst his squad. “We’re excited by it, he’s excited by it - we're looking forward to Aaron playing for us and making a contribution,” commented the Blues boss. “I've known him well since his Peterborough United days when I was at Huddersfield Town and he's a striker I have always liked. He moved to Hull for big money and the loan suits all parties concerned.
"Aaron has got power, pace, he's terrific in the air for a little lad. And one thing all the staff at Hull said about him, from Steve Bruce down, was that he has shown a great attitude playing development football this season. It's just a shame it's so late in the week, he will probably start from the bench tomorrow. But never mind, we will go from there and it's great that we have got him in.”
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