There have been many Tigers’ stars who have since moved onto bigger and better things since their days at the KCOM.
Here, I take a look at three Hull City players who are no longer playing for the club and look into exactly how they got to where they are now.
1) Harry Maguire
Firstly, we have Tigers’ fan favourite Harry Maguire, also known as ‘Big Harry’ around the KCOM.
After signing for City back in 2014, Maguire soon made a name for himself around the city of Hull, mostly for his heavy tackles and surging runs from defense which really got the crowd going on a matchday.
Although the Englishman was only 21 when he signed for the Tigers, he emerged as a prominent figure at the KCOM over his three-year spell at the club.
In 2017, Big Harry was sold to Leicester City in a £17m deal, which also saw the central defender finally earn a call-up to the National side.
Although Tigers’ fans had been mentioning the possibility of an England call-up for a long time before it happened, Maguire finally made his debut for the Three Lions in late 2017.
Since then, the ex-Hull City man has gone on to be a regular face for England, even scoring in the 2018 World Cup as Southgate’s men secured a 2-0 quarter-final win against Sweden.
It’s safe to say that ‘Big Harry’ will always have a place in the hearts of Hull City fans, wherever he ends up.
Tigers’ fans have since given their own opinions on the defender:
national hero, dont need to say much more!
— matty hayward (@MattyHC5) April 4, 2019
That is all
— Hello Daaaaave! (@DoggyTheMeff) April 4, 2019
Always knew he’d score in a World Cup quarter final ever since that tackle v QPR
— guy incognito (@shortdood47) April 4, 2019
Forged in Sheffield
Made in Hull
— Jamie Turnbull (@Thatjamie_t) April 4, 2019
Excellent talent. His confidence both defensively and offensively was brilliant. He was one of the best defenders to wear the black and amber shirt.
— Aiden Beswick (@ABeswickSport) April 4, 2019
Solid defender, never afraid to get stuck in.
— Ralphie (@MarkRalph74) April 4, 2019
2) Andrew Robertson
Next, we have a player who is currently regarded as one of the best left backs in World football, Andy Robertson.
After signing for the Tigers back in 2014, at the same time as Harry Maguire, Robertson has certainly made a name for himself around the country.
Although the Scotsman was only 20 years old when he made the move to the KCOM, eventually he became one of the first names on the team sheet for the manager at the time, Steve Bruce.
Most memorably, Robertson scored the third goal in City’s away trip to Derby in the play-offs, which proved to be very important in the Tigers reaching the 2016 play-off final.
In July 2017, Robertson secured his dream move to English giants Liverpool, as the deal saw the Tigers’ receive £8m and Kevin Stewart in return.
Since then, Roberton has reached the Champions League final with the Reds, and now captains his national side, Scotland.
Robertson will always be remembered as one of the most successful Hull City players, after his hard work and dedication had led him to be a real success at Anfield.
Excellent going forward, but still good defensively. Always gave 100%. Left the club for a massive underpayment. His second and third season were great overall.
— Aiden Beswick (@ABeswickSport) April 4, 2019
3) David Meyler
Finally, we have David Meyler, who signed for the Tigers from Sunderland back in 2013, after a short but successful loan spell.
The Republic of Ireland international was a long-serving midfielder for the Tigers, serving five-and-a-half years in a Black and Amber shirt.
Meyler managed 20 goals for the club in his long stay at the KCOM, and has had a number of memorable moments in a black and amber shirt.
One moment which springs to mind is the midfielders’ pitch side clash with Alan Pardew, which has since been made fun of by Meyler himself on Twitter.
On this day in 2014, Alan Pardew – an actual football manager – headbutted David Meyler and was given a seven match ban pic.twitter.com/s7w5Dy50Xv
— UNILAD Sport (@UNILADFooty) March 1, 2018
Although Meyler may not have gone on to achieve the same footballing success as the previous two names in this list, it’s interesting to see exactly what the 29-year-old is doing right now.
The ex-Hull City man is currently playing his football on loan at Coventry in League One, however he has also made a name for himself in other ways since his time at the KCOM.
David Meyler has since transformed into a big name on social media, racking up 194k followers on Twitter, whilst also having his own gaming YouTube channel with over 350k subscribers.
Meyler’s legacy at the club still remains as one of the most hard-working, loyal players that the club has seen in recent years, even if his career hasn’t moved onto the heights of some of his former teammates.
— Hull City News (@HullCityStats) April 4, 2019
So so so under appreciated, did the dirty work no one else wanted to do and did it very well, and from interviews and twitter just seemed like an all round nice guy and credit to the club. Meyler is a tiger!!!
— Edwardo🤘🏻 (@Ed_Pike) April 4, 2019
[Alex Thurston – @althurstonsport]
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