Archive for June, 2014

30th June 2014 – Hereford United youngster 17 year old Jarrod Bowen has signed for Hull City on a 3 year deal after a legal wrangle is sorted out in Hull’s favour.

In the 2013-2014 season the youngster played 8 games for the Bulls – scoring 1 goal in a 3-2 against Alfreton.


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30th June 2014 – After many web sites firmly stated that a contract was in place for the Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass, The Tigers finally confirmed this afternoon he was now a Hull City player with a 3 year deal. We know only that the fee is in the order of £7m.

Snodgrass said:

“Having spoken to the owners and the manager here, and having seen the plans they have for this club, I was very keen to be a part of it all. Once the fee was agreed, it all happened very quickly and everything the club has done to get the deal completed has been unbelievable.”

“I would love to say it just took one chat but it must have been about 10.

“I’ve spoken to the manager more than I’ve spoken to my wife over the last few days.

“That’s exactly what you want. He’s got fresh ideas for this season and he wanted me to be a part of that.

“The big thing for me was the way the club wanted me and pushed to get me through the door. That’s hard to come by in football.”

“Getting relegated was hard to take. I knew of Hull’s interest and a few others.

“After speaking to a few people, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. I’m buying into the way the club are going forward.”

And  It was very difficult to leave Norwich because I felt a connection with the club and the place. It is a lovely place to live, my children were settled at school there, so it was difficult but I am a realist. I understand when you are in this business you want to play at the highest possible level. I don’t just want to sit there in the Championship.”

I’m in my prime,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of years in League One, a couple of years in the Championship and a couple of years in the Premier League. I know where I’m at and what I can do. Steve Bruce knows that as well and that’s why he’s signed me.

I believe I can kick on again in the right team. This club’s got the personnel and the team spirit to keep moving forward. Hull City are on the up and I wanted to be part of that.”

In his 2 seasons in the EPL with Norwich, he played 67 games, scoring 12 goals. A quarter of his goals for Norwich, came from free-kicks



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29th June 2014 – Hull City are said to be trying to improve their Academy status problem – still at level 3 – but in the meantime continue to leak promising young players who they have nurtured from the age of nine. That’s 7 years using the local club and following ‘their’ team but then jumping ship when they are at an age to live away from home. A bad situation for all concerned except for the ‘cherry picking club’.

The latest to jump is 16 year old Daniel James, from South Hunsley school, who has turned down scholarship forms with Hull City. Daniel has played for Wales at under 17 level and the thinking may be that a move to Swansea will improve his prospects of staying in the Welsh set up. Especially as the move is to a level 2 academy (soon to be level 1 by some reports) which will improve his chances of continuing to play for Wales.

You may remember young Harry Cardwell who left the Tigers last year to join the academy at Reading, he  had also been at Hull City since he was 9. Both players are highly thought of at the KC and to lose two in 12 months is more than careless.

The compensation for each of these lads is a mere £72k, but which can rise depending on future EPL appearances.


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27th June 2014 – Hull City have agreed a new contract with 29 year old Bosnian goal-keeper Eldin Jakupovic to supercede his current contract which expires at the end of this month.

He is basically the 3rd choice keeper at the KC and had a successful loan spell at Leyton Orient last season, to keep in trim, having joined City in the summer of 2012.

He had a few dodgy appearances for the Tigers in his early months at the KC but that seems to be behind him now  loan spelland confidence has returned thanks to that “O’s” and the odd game as a Tiger.

Second choice keeper 39 year old Steve Harper and City have taken advantage of an extra years option to the Irish man’s contract and it now seems as if Jakupovic could be in line for the 2nd keeper spot next season when Harper probably leaves the KC.

New 3 year deal for Bosnian keeper

New 3 year deal for Bosnian keeper





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27th June 2014 Friday – It was reported yesterday that the The Tigers have agreed a fee for Robert Snodgrass the Norwich midfielder. It is thought to be equal or higher than the Jake Livermore fee recently agreed with Spurs. The football365 blog also says he has already passed a medical for City.




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25th June Wednesday – Hull City announced this afternoon that Jake Livermore had signed a 3 year contract at the KC. The fee was agreed with Spurs a few days ago (thought to be 8m pounds) and now his personal terms have been sorted out and a contract signed.

Jake is quoted on the clubs website as saying

“I’m delighted to be joining Hull City on a permanent basis,” he said after completing the deal earlier today.

 “I thoroughly enjoyed my season here on loan and I firmly believe that this club will keep on going from strength to strength. I made my feelings known that I wanted to come here permanently and once the two clubs had agreed the fee, it was very straightforward.”

Speculation that the deal was being hi-jacked was well off the mark.

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21st June Saturday – Ehab Allam has finally sorted out price and final details with that tough negotiator Mr. Levy at Tottenham, to get the permanent transfer of 24-year-old previous loanee  Jake Livermore to Hull City. The Tigers are now negotiating personal terms with Livermore’s agent.

The £7m rumoured fee plus ‘add ons’ seems a steep price when the lad had only 12 months left on his White Hart Lane contract, but City and Livermore wanted the deal so much that Levy took full advantage of the love fest. Pity for Spurs fans Levy is not so good at picking managers as he is selling his players.

It should turn out to be a very good deal – when some fans hysteria about the price dies down. After all, we know what he can do and he will get better. He is settled into the club, the area, the teams style of playing, and is a natural companion to Huddlestone on the pitch. It would have been a waste of last season’s team building if we had snubbed the asking price. And it would have been a massive gamble to get a replacement in who you could guarantee to have hit the ground running and be as good for the team as Livermore has been. So in my book it’s not a gamble, he was a permanent part of our team last term and would have left a massive hole in our squad if he had stayed at Spurs, or worse still gone to close rival.

We don’t know the full details of the deal but it could be another record for the Tigers.

Jake played 36 EPL and 5 FA Cup games for City last season scoring 3 EPL goals.




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