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Kone looking to repay the faith

Arouna Kone wants to repay the faith of the fans who he says kept him going throughout his difficult time at the Club.

The Ivorian has played just 22 times since signing from Wigan in the summer of 2013 for £6million.

He managed just six appearances in a debut season which was ended in October by a knee ligament injury which sidelined him for almost 14 months.

The 31-year-old then featured in 16 matches between December and the end of the campaign and that has helped restore his confidence as he prepares for pre-season.

“In terms of my injury, last season really helped me to come back and get fitter,” he told

“When I left Wigan, I knew I was coming to a bigger club, a successful club, and I knew that being surrounded by such a great group of players could have a great impact on myself so to suffer the injury that I did was very difficult.

“I feel a lot better physically now. The few games that I was able to play last season allowed me to regain a lot of my confidence which is very important.

“Now it’s all about this summer and this pre-season and making sure I set out as I mean to go on.

“The fans haven’t been able to see me at my very best level but I hope I can get there next season and show them what I am about. I am hungry to do that and I want to prove I can cut it here.

“The fans and everyone around me have been really supportive and that’s kept me going throughout the difficult months and I really want to repay those people now and use my performances to help push the team towards the top of the table where it deserves to be.”

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