The £750,000 Imp Moves From Hull To Forest.
Nottingham Forest will complete a deal for Hull City defender and record Imps Youth Transfer Jack Hobbs today. Leicester City got a bargain after he failed to make the grade at Liverpool who paid Lincoln a small fortune for his services, when he was just 16. The initial deal is a curious one, Forest will agree an undisclosed fee which will Jack join on a season-long loan, with the added condition that the move then becomes a further two-year contract.
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The deal with Liverpool was reported to be worth £750,000, however this included a down payment (just under £200k), a game against a full Liverpool side and add-ons. The game itself saw 10,000 pack the Bank at £15 a head, but even though he did make two Premiership appearance for Liverpool that added a little more to the kitty the Imps received just over half of the headline figure. Not bad for a lad that played just 3 minutes in the red and white stripes, in a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers.
Liverpool loaned Jack to Scunthorpe and then Leicester for a season. The Foxes won the league 1 Championship with Jack inspirational and worthy of the League 1 player of the year award. He was then signed on an undisclosed fee (reportedly £500k plus add-ons), signing a four year contract that would yield Lincoln another six figures. Jack made 44 League appearances in the first season and 26 in the second. His cool head on young shoulders style and an uncanny awareness seemed to make defensive duties simple. After going down the pecking order Jack joined Hull in February 2011/11 and made 13 appearances.
Hull made the deal a permanent one, forking out just over £830,000 for the start of the 2011/12 season and manager Nigel Pearson made him Captain as Jack cited his ambition to play in the Premiership as the reason for coming. He had a torrid time at the hands of Gary Taylor Fletcher in the opening game (GTF bagged an 81st minute winner) but went on to form an immense 43 match central defensive partnership with James Chester. This was curtailed in the March when he ruptured to his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that kept him out of action for up to eight months. He came back last season and made 22 appearances, yet Bruce does not feel he is good enough for the Premiership, even now.
Forest may yet prove Liverpool and Hull wrong on that one. They are our tips, along with Leeds to be there or thereabouts this season. The initial deal remember is a curious one, Forest will agree an undisclosed fee which will see the 24-year-old join on a season-long loan, with the condition that the move then becomes a further two-year contract. So what are The Reds getting for a reported million or so? Quality, dependability and strength, both physical and mental. His awareness and tactical skills are first class and they certainly make up for a lack of pace that appears to be the closest thing he has to a weakness. That said this is a linchpin signing.
Posted on July 16, 2013, in Ex Imps, Transfer News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Hull City FC, Jack Hobbs Transfer, Leicester City, Liverpool rejects, Nottingham Forest. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.