Hull City have announced the signing of Lewie Coyle from League One rivals Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old is the Tigers’ first addition of the summer and he has signed an initial three-year contract, with the club holding an option of a further 12 months.
Hull City Sign Fleetwood Town’s Lewie Coyle
Coyle Moves Back to Yorkshire
Coyle spent his youth career with Leeds United and went on to make 23 senior appearances for the Whites.
The right-back had a brief loan spell with Harrogate Town in 2014 before joining Fleetwood on loan in the summer of 2017.
After three different loan spells covering two and a half years, Coyle eventually joined the Trawlermen permanently from Leeds in January 2020.
He featured 135 times in total for Fleetwood and helped them reach the third-tier play-offs last season, where they were beaten over two legs by eventual winners Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-final.
Next season, Hull-born Coyle will be looking to help the Tigers achieve an immediate return to the Championship.
What Was Said?
Speaking to Hull’s official club website, head coach Grant McCann expressed his delight at getting the deal done.
He said: “Lewie is a fantastic addition to the squad. Although he is only 24 years of age, he comes with a vast amount of experience having played more than 100 games for Fleetwood and was a key player in a side that reached the play-offs last term.
“He was highly thought of at Leeds where he came through the ranks and impressed in his first season of regular first-team football with Fleetwood in 2017/18, picking up the club’s Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the Year awards.
“His attitude, commitment and desire to learn and improve is first class and – being a Hull lad – he will know what it means to the fans to wear the shirt. Just from speaking to him, the passion he has to do well for his hometown club is clear to see.”