Kevin van Veen hopes a prolonged run in the Scunthorpe United side will allow him to prove his ability to the supporters that were doubting him earlier this season.
The Dutchman’s admitted that criticism of his performances and being restricted to cameo appearances from the subs bench had left him feeling upset, but a change of fortunes on the field has left the skillful striker feeling much happier with life at Glanford Park.
Van Veen, who’s recent performances have been praised by Iron boss Graham Alexander, believes that he has grasped the opportunity of a recent run in the side with both hands – scoring three goals and contributing to an excellent Christmas period in the process.
“I just want to show that hunger that I have, and to all the negative people who have been speaking about me – I want to show them who I am and the player that I know I can be”, van Veen told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
“The fans have been very good with me. But I had a lot of negative things said about me when I wasn’t playing regularly, they think I am not interested and everything – that has never been the case.
“It takes your whole life down. You go home in a negative mindset, and not everything is as fun to me when I feel like this.
“I don’t have any family here, so I basically just go home and sit in front of the television and get really down when I am not playing. It always a much nicer feeling when you are playing, scoring goals and helping out the team – then I go home in such a better mood.
“I was very upset when I was sitting on the bench for so long and I just wanted to play, work hard to get back in the team. Maybe they think I was not interested, but I always was, my mentality never changes. I just want to play, and do well, I am hungry for it.
“I want to do well, I am so hungry to help this team gain promotion to the Championship. That is what I think about, and banging a hat-trick in the next game!”