IT has been the question on the tip of many a fan’s tongue for quite some time.
Just why does Iain Hume have such an incredible work ethic, and an insatiable appetite for running?
And where on earth does the on-loan Preston forward get his energy from?
I put those questions to Iain, who not surprisingly became an instant hit among the Keepmoat faithful soon after arriving in August, earlier this month at Cantley Park.
His straight to the point response was typical of one of the game’s most honest and dedicated professionals.
With a wry smile he responded: “Have you seen my height?
“I’m 5ft 7ins and I’m not the biggest build.
“If I don’t work hard I’d be playing at a much lower level than I am now.
“It was instilled into me at a young age. You get out of it what you put in.
“Working hard for the team is something that I’ve always done.
“It’s something that I’m proud of and nothing’s going to change that.”
Socks typically lowered to his ankles, Hume has taken the phrase “working his socks off” to a new level since swapping Deepdale for Doncaster.
His current goal return of five, which he recently added to at Stevenage with a predatory finish, is something the Canadian international would like to improve.
But Hume could hardly work any harder for the cause. You forget that he’s only on loan, such is his undying commitment to Rovers.
He said: “If you see me doing running with the lads I’m probably one of the worst! Which is a bit of a weird one really.
“It’s just me. It’s in my make up. I don’t like giving up.”
Hume prefers playing alongside a big, physical striker, and his partnerships with Chris Brown and Billy Paynter have flourished in equal measure.
“It helps me because it takes a lot of the grief off me,” said Hume.
“You play me against two big centre halves and I’m going to have to challenge for everything.
“But when you’ve got Billy or Browny up there they do a lot of the hard work for me.
“Against Sheffield United it was the first time me and Billy have really clicked. Everything during the game that came into one of us, we were round each other and playing off each other.
“We both enjoyed it and it was disappointing that Billy picked up a suspension.”