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The Tigers have qualified for European competition for the first time after finishing as FA Cup runners-up last season, and the player insists it will only benefit the club

David Meyler insists Hull City can benefit from featuring in the Europa League this season despite the heavy fixture schedule.

In recent seasons, a host of Premier League clubs have seen their domestic form adversely affected by the demands of playing additional games in Europe's second-tier competition.

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However, Meyler is confident Hull, who are preparing for a maiden European campaign after finishing as FA Cup runners-up last term, can buck that trend.

"The Thursday and Sunday schedules are difficult but players won't complain because you're playing constant football," Meyler told the Daily Mail.

"I see it as a great opportunity to play against new teams. I know the Premier League is our bread and butter but I feel as though we can use the Europa League to our advantage. It'll be great for us.

"We're all excited about it. Reaching the group stages has got to be the minimum aim. That's what it's all about."

Steve Bruce's men are set to begin their Europa League adventure on July 31, with the first leg of a third qualifying round tie against an as yet undetermined opponent.

"It's been a shorter summer than normal but we've all come back in and [are] looking forward to the next few weeks," Meyler added.

"It's not a huge amount of time to get ready. It's four weeks since I finished with Ireland so it's go, go, go.

"But that's the best way for it to be. We've got competitive games coming up straight away and we want to make a right good go of the Europa League."

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