Archive for June, 2013

28th June 2013 Friday – Hull City confirmed today that they have completed the transfer of Elmo from Sunderland for a fee of £2m and the player has signed a three year contract with the club.

He was a fans favourite during his loan term at the KC last season and was always going to be part of Steve Bruces’s plans for the new Premier League campaign.

Full name Ahmed Eissa Elmohamady Abdel Fattah; the 25-year-old played right-wing and created havoc among defences with his runs and crosses.

He was part of the Egyptian squads that won the 2008 and 2010 African Nations Cups. He has 43 caps and scored 4 goals for the Pharaohs

During the loan spell  from Sunderland he made his début for City on 1 September 2012  at the KC Stadium against Bolton Wanderers.

So far he has played 40 times for the Tigers and scored 2 goals.

Elmohamady told the Hull Daily Mail

“I am delighted to be staying on here and looking forward to playing in the Premier League for Hull City next season,”

“I really enjoyed playing here last season, and it proved to be a great move for me. There is a real friendship between the players, and that is why we were successful last season, as we all want to do well for one another.

“It is a tough step up to the Premier League, but I am sure we can be successful and be one of the top sides in time.”

And further media reports…

“It feels great to be here permanently, especially after what happened here last season,” said Elmohamady.

“It was a great year and I thoroughly enjoyed playing for this club. Everything about it was great – the players, the staff, the fans – and I am delighted to be here again.

“It’s going to be great to play in the Premier League again, especially with Hull City, and I am very much looking forward to the new season.

“Moving here was an easy decision to make. The fans are fantastic and it will be enjoyable to play in front of them in the Premier League.”

Bruce, who brought Elmohamady to Wearside from Egyptian club ENPPI, has played a key role in the wideman’s decision to both initially join Hull and then commit his future to the club.

“The manager was the one who brought me over from Egypt to play for Sunderland and now he has brought me here,” added Elmohamady, who made 56 Premier League appearances for Sunderland during two years at the Stadium of Light, initially on loan before joining permanently for £2m.

“I really enjoy playing for him and I look forward to doing so again now.”



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26th June 2013 Wednesday – Sky News reports today that Liam Rosenior has agreed to extend his stay at Hull City for another two years, by agreeing a new deal.

Update: This was confirmed by the club official website on 27th June 2013 when Liam was quoted as saying..

“I’ve been waiting for four or five years to get back to the Premier League and prove that I can play at that level,” said Rosenior.
“If I can get the chance, I want to prove to everyone and also to myself that I’m good enough to play well in this league and help the club to get results.
“Because we’ve come up from the Championship, we will be viewed as underdogs but I think we can use that to our advantage.
“Having the opportunity to play in the Premier League again is one that I want to take and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

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26th June 2013 Wednesday – Hull City Official Website announced today that 24 year old Central defender James Chester has signed a new three-year deal to keep him at the KC Stadium until 2016.

This is good news for all City fans because we know he has massive potential and has been tracked by Premier League clubs for some time.

The young centre-back played 48 times for Steve Bruce‘s side as they were promoted to the Premier League after joining from Manchester United in January 2011. In all James has played 109 league games so far for the Tigers and scored 4 goals.

“It’s nice to get the paperwork out of the way,” the 24-year-old told the club’s official website.

“I’m happy here and I’ve got a great relationship with the rest of the lads. I also enjoy living in this area.

“This is the perfect situation.”

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26th June 2013 Wednesday – City will now take on Portuguese cup winning side SC Braga on Tuesday 23rd July at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira stadium, the same venue where the club will take on Sheffield Wednesday in another pre season friendly three days earlier.
Finalists in the UEFA Europa League in 2011, Braga also played in the Champions League last season and will provide tough opposition for Steve Bruce`s side in Portugal

Pre-Season Fixtures
Monday 15th JulyNorth Ferriby United (a) – KO 7.30pm
Monday 15th JulyWinterton Rangers (a) – KO 7.30pm
Saturday 20th JulySheffield Wednesday (n) – KO 8pm at Estadio Municipal de Albufeira
Tuesday 23rd July  –  SC Braga at Estadio Municipal de Albufeira
Saturday 27th JulyBirmingham City (a) – KO 3pm
Monday 29th JulyPeterborough United (a) – KO 7.45pm

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25th June 2013 Tuesday – Hull City‘s official website announced today it had agreed a three-year contract with 28-year-old Curtis Davies to play for the club.

Davies said, “I feel that I’m joining Hull City at an exciting time and the chance to play in the Premier League was also a huge attraction. It’s something that I’ve been lucky enough to do before and I wanted to get back to that level.”

And “Hopefully I can help this team to have a good season and push as high up the table as possible. I can’t wait for Chelsea on the first day of the season now.”

Curtis arrives after the Tigers agreed an undisclosed fee (but thought to be £2.3m) with Birmingham City for the 6ft 2″ central defender.

He has made two appearances for the England under-21s.

Davies was born in Leytonstone, to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father. He started his football career with Wimbledon as a trainee at the age of 15. A year later, he was released. He wrote to every club in the local area, including Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall asking for a trial. Colchester United responded first, two weeks before any other club, and a trial was offered; after a couple of trial matches he was released. Luton Town were the next to offer him a trial. During the trial, he scored two goals in three games and was handed a scholarship straight away. He made his first-team début in 2003.

He made six appearances in the league during the 2003–04 season, with the away performance at QPR particularly good. The next season Davies achieved his first promotion as he appeared in 44 league games for the Hatters, scoring his first senior goal in the title-clinching win at Wrexham. As well as winning Luton Town’s Young Player of the Year award, Davies was named Football League One Player of the Year, and was selected alongside five Luton teammates in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

The next season Davies only managed six games, and one goal in his final game, at home to Millwall, before his impressive displays saw him signed by Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on 31 August 2005 for a fee of £3 million.

Davies made 35 starts and scored two goals in his first season with Albion, which ended with the club being relegated to the Championship. In July 2006 he pledged his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal, and was appointed captain on a permanent basis, having captained the team on several occasions during the previous season to become the club’s second youngest captain of all time. He was sent off for the first time in February 2007 after receiving two yellow cards for challenges on Middlesbrough striker Mark Viduka. A month later, he broke a metatarsal in Albion’s game against Crystal Palace, an injury that ruled him out for the rest of the season and made him unavailable for selection for the first game at the new Wembley Stadium, an England under-21 international, for which he had been named in the squad. Nevertheless, he was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year for 2006–07.

On 21 June, Davies had a transfer request rejected by West Brom, and he resigned the captaincy. The club was unwilling to allow him to leave unless their valuation was met, but Davies himself felt the asking price was too high for a player who had “been part of a relegated team”. On 30 August, Albion announced that they had given permission for Davies to speak to Aston Villa about a possible move.

On 31 August 2007, Davies signed for Aston Villa on loan for the season, with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer of 2008. He made his Villa début in a 1–0 League Cup defeat to Leicester City on 27 September, afterwards comparing his performance to that of a pub team player:

I was just awful. I didn’t contribute anything. I’ve been bigging myself up, saying I’m ready and obviously I’m not. I’m not good enough to get in the team yet. I’m honest with myself in every performance and that was rubbish – I looked like a pub team player.

Davies made his Premier League début with Villa in the 2–0 home victory against Derby County on 3 November, and scored on his first Premier League start, in a 2–1 away victory at Wigan Athletic in December. He then became a regular in Villa’s back four at the expense of Zat Knight.

On 1 March 2008, Davies suffered a ruptured achilles tendon against Arsenal and was expected to be out for at least six months.

Davies signed a four-year contract with Aston Villa to make the move permanent on 3 July 2008. The fee was undisclosed, but was reported at between £8m and £11m. Manager Martin O’Neill had said in April that he “[didn’t] expect to see him back until October or November time”, but Davies was fit to start Villa’s UEFA Cup match against Hafnarfjordur on 14 August. He captained Aston Villa for the first time on 6 November, in the 1–0 UEFA Cup win against Slavia Prague, with regular captain Martin Laursen on the substitutes’ bench. He scored his first goal of the season in January 2009, helping his team to a 2–1 win against his former club West Bromwich Albion.

2009–10 Davies started the opening game of the season, a 2–0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic described by The Guardian’s reporter as showing “shambolic defending and failure to play with any cohesion”, in which Davies “looked vulnerable every time Wigan attacked”. In contrast, a week later, Davies scored the second of Villa’s three goals away to Liverpool with a header from a corner-kick in first-half stoppage time, in what BBC Sport’s reporter called “an outstanding defensive display”. Davies’ recurring shoulder problems required surgery in September. During his absence, Villa brought in defenders James Collins from West Ham United and Richard Dunne from Manchester City. He returned to action as a second-half substitute in the FA Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion on 23 January, replacing Stephen Warnock. A suggested loan to Scottish Premier League club Celtic in order to gain match fitness was rejected by O’Neill, who felt the club could not afford to lose Davies’s services for the whole season. He made no further first-team appearances.

2010–11 Davies was transfer-listed in the summer of 2010. In August, Martin O’Neill resigned from his position at the club. Following this, Davies told journalists that he felt O’Neill had not given him a fair chance and that he hoped a new manager would give every member of the squad a clean slate. Davies appeared just twice before joining Championship club Leicester City on 15 October on a month’s loan. His debut, against Hull City the next day, was the first league game he had played in twelve months. The loan was extended until January 2011, and Davies played regularly until returning to Aston Villa when his loan expired.

On 28 January 2011, Davies signed for rivals Birmingham City on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He was given the squad number 32. He made his first-team début in a 3–1 home defeat to former club West Bromwich Albion in March, coming into the starting eleven in place of the injured Martin Jiránek. His first goal for the club came when he opened the scoring with a header from a Jordon Mutch corner on 6 August 2011 as Birmingham went on to lose 2–1 at Derby County. In Birmingham’s first match in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, which finished goalless, Davies made a well-timed tackle from behind to prevent Mateus opening the scoring. In all Davies made 89 appearances for Birmingham scoring 11 goals.

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17th June 2013 Monday – Hull City Official website announced this morning at 10.28 am that Maynor Figueroa had signed a contract to play for the club next season with a two-year deal.

Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez, was a free agent after spending almost five seasons with Wigan Athletic, having joined them and the then manager Steve Bruce in January 2008, initially on loan. In all he played 167 games for them.

He is a 30-year-old Honduran international with 95 caps who plays left fullback and also left centre back; mostly noted for his accurate left foot, powerful shot and long throw-in ability, as well as his corner and free kick taking.

Figueroa is married to Sandra Norales, a handball player who is also an international with the Honduras women’s national handball team.



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7th June 2013 Thursday – The Club announce that 23 year old goal keeper Mark Oxley has signed a new contract with the club, which shows great confidence in his future. He has had loan spells at Walsall, Grimsby Town and Burton Albion over the past few seasons, and made his début for the City first team in January this year.

Mark  joined Rotherham United as a youngster and was promoted to the club’s first team during the 2007–08 season. After being scouted by several bigger clubs, he joined newly promoted  Hull City in August 2008 for a fee of £150,000. He found he was the club’s fifth choice goalkeeper, behind Boaz Myhill, Matt Duke, Tony Warner and Tom Woodhead.

In the 2009–10 season, Oxley moved up to number four keeper at the KC Stadium, but was to be sent out on loan to Walsall in October 2009. He would only manage to make the bench for The Saddlers, and he departed a month later after failing to make a single appearance. On 25 February 2010, he signed a one month loan deal with Grimsby Town, becoming the third Hull player to be loaned out to Grimsby that season, following team mates Nicky Featherstone and Jamie Devitt. Oxley would go straight into the starting line up to face Dagenham & Redbridge on 27 February, after replacing regular number one Nick Colgan, who was rested by manager Neil Woods. The game ended in a 2–0 defeat for Grimsby, and when the club’s next match against Shrewsbury Town came around, Oxley was dropped to the bench in favour of Colgan.

On Friday 2 April 2010, Oxley rejoined Grimsby for a second loan spell, this time an emergency seven day loan, following injuries to Nick Colgan and reserve Leigh Overton which left the club without a fit goalkeeper for their clash with Northampton Town. Oxley played in the 1–2 home defeat against Northampton, as well as the Easter Monday 3–2 victory over Accrington Stanley.

Both Hull and Grimsby had suffered relegations by the end of the 2009–10 season. Following the sale of Boaz Myhill in the summer of 2010, Oxley was a regular on the bench for Hull in the 2010–11 season.

Since joining Hull, Oxley had yet to make a first team appearance, having instead to settle for a place on the bench or in the reserves. Several injuries have also affected his chances of regular game time.

On 26 October 2012, Oxley went on a month-long loan spell to Burton Albion, although he had to return to Hull following a broken finger after some good performances for the Staffordshire club.

On 12 January 2013 Oxley made his league debut for Hull when he came on as a substitute for Eldin Jakupović in the 1–3 loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

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