The on-loan striker struggled for game time after joining parent club West Ham United in January, and endured a truncated pre-season due to injury.

But after firing his first league goals for his hometown at the weekend, Hugill is confident that's just the beginning.

“I feel I’m getting back to where I was when I went to West Ham,” he said.

“The time there was brilliant for me and I learned a lot. But I wasn’t playing games and you lose that match sharpness, which you need.

“I didn’t have much of a pre-season either which isn’t ideal, but I’m here now and I feel it’s all coming back to me.

“There were times it wasn’t happening for me and I was more focused on getting performances better, because I know for a fact when my performances are good the goals will come.”

In the short term, the Boro striker is confident of shaking off the knock that forced him off in Saturday’s win - ready for a team-building trip to RAF Leeming on Tuesday.

“It’s nothing too serious,” he said.

“I took a knock right on my quad and it was just a dead leg.

“It was a painful one at the time, but I’m sure I’ll be alright running around the RAF camp this week!”

Watch the full interview with Jordan Hugill in the video player above.

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