Boaz Myhill admits travelling away with Wales over the past week has helped ease the pain of Hull's relegation. Myhill's club season came to an inglorious end as he lost his place in the Hull side during their doomed attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
It was a big comedown for the 27-year-old goalkeeper, who two years ago was celebrating promotion to the top flight with the Tigers, but linking up with his international team-mates has lifted his spirits.
Continuing his battle with Wolves' Wayne Hennessey for the Wales number one shirt, Myhill played the second half of Sunday night's battling 2-0 friendly defeat in Croatia.
Myhill said: "Obviously the club season has finished now, but it was good to finish wearing a different shirt. Unfortunately we lost but it was good to join up. The season has barely finished. It didn't hit home after we got promoted until the fixtures came out, so we'll just get this summer out of the way, work hard and go back to Hull ready to start again."
Myhill was unwilling to comment on Hull's precarious financial position or the club's request to players to consider accepting a deferment of part of their wages this summer. Hull have debts of £35m and are considering drastic measures to avoid going into administration, which could leave them with a 10-point penalty in the Championship next season.
But Myhill preferred to focus on his final match of the 2009-10 season, in which a severely weakened Wales side performed admirably in Osijek against the Euro 2008 quarter-finalists before losing 2-0.
Myhill said: "It has been a couple of weeks since the end of the season and a lot of the boys haven't had a game for a while and I think that showed at stages. Ultimately we came up against a very tidy side so it is difficult to get too disappointed, but obviously we want to get better.
"We might have kept the ball a bit better in stages but when you come up against a player [like] Luka Modric, it is going to be difficult. Unfortunately we didn't get the result we were after but there is no shame in getting beaten here by a very good Croatian team."
Wales were without 15 senior players, but Myhill insisted the mood in the camp had not been affected. "It has been good, training has been enjoyable," said Myhill. "It has been a chance to look at a few different players and I don't think anyone has done themselves a disservice really," he said.Reuse content