Hull City have confirmed that they have signed midfielder Richie Smallwood, who was recently released by Championship club Blackburn Rovers.
The 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Tigers.
Richie Smallwood Joins Hull City
The 29-year-old will add plenty of experience to the Tigers’ midfield.
Smallwood began his career with Middlesbrough, where he came through their academy. After making his debut in 2010, he made a total of 72 appearances at the Riverside Stadium, scoring four goals.
However, he left to join Rotherham on a permanent deal in 2014, following a successful loan spell. During his temporary stay with the Millers, he helped them achieve promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs.
He remained with Rotherham for a further three years, before joining Blackburn in 2017.
Smallwood became a vital part of the midfield during his first two seasons with Rovers. However, he struggled for regular game time under Tony Mowbray last season, and he was subsequently released after making two appearances.
He is the third player to make the move to the KCOM Stadium this summer, following the arrivals of Lewie Coyle and Josh Emmanuel.
What Was Said?
Speaking about his new signing to the Hull City website, manager Grant McCann said: “We’re very happy to add Richie to the squad and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome him to the Club.
“He’ll be a great addition to the group. He will put his foot in, challenge for every ball and compete for everything on the pitch. He’s a winner, a warrior and a real leader.
“I’m sure our fans will love his endeavour, commitment and passion and I’m certain he will make a significant impact on the team this season.
“We’ve got some good young players at this Club and they will also benefit massively from Richie’s experience, along with his footballing knowledge and know-how.”
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