Dressing room insight as Hull City star Jacob Greaves looks set to seal Ipswich Town switch

Jacob Greaves looks to have played his last game for Hull City
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Hull City's players will have a keen eye on the club's transfer business over the coming weeks but will be focussed on securing their own place in Tim Walter's starting XI for the opening day visit of Bristol City on August 10.

That's according to former player David Prutton, who says that while there will be players in the Tigers' dressing room disappointed to see Jacob Greaves moving to Ipswich Town, they will see it as an opportunity to take advantage and get in the side

Greaves is on the verge of sealing a move to Portman Road and could be followed by Jaden Philogene, with two of last season's most influential performers on their way out of the MKM Stadium, joining a host of Liam Rosenior's squad in moving on amid a huge summer shake-up following Tim Walter's arrival.

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City have made just one permanent addition so far during the close season in Ryan Giles, though his future remains up in the air amid strong interest from Middlesbrough, leaving supporters worried about what their new-look team will look like come the start of the campaign.

"You're disappointed when your better players go, especially ones that have been a real part of what City have been. There's an understanding of how transient good dressing rooms and good connections can be because that's the very nature of football," Prutton told the 1904 Club podcast.

"You're in each other's pockets for a very intense period of time and then everyone goes their separate ways and you've got to buddy up with someone else or you go somewhere else and make a new teammate and new friends.

"The quality of player that we're talking about that has left was still not good enough to get City in the top six, now, I think we've already said broadly that the Championship is, on paper, from the looks of it, not as strong as it was last season.

"Therefore, you're thinking, well, if City finished just outside, then they've got to give it a decent crack to finish inside but again, with the caveat, of not having the same standard of players. The goals missing are alarming, but even though football and football clubs can be chaotic places, it would be very surprising given how long Acun (Ilicali) has owned City now, and the way he's dealt with potentially having fingers burnt with players or management appointments, that he and Tan (Kesler) haven't learned an awful lot in a relatively short space of time.

"Those loan players were pretty much always going to go back and when you've got good players, you're always fending off interest from clubs in better positions with more money which Ipswich Town is right now, that's a matter of absolute fact.

"The players need to be getting on with their jobs, without dismissing any of this because you are going to be mindful of who you're going to be sat next to, or in the trenches with metaphorically when the season stars, but they've got to see what the new manager wants, adapt to what the new manager wants.

"Selfishy you're thinking, 'Well, he's gone so does that give me a chance of getting in the side' So that's my next port of call as a player, being in his first XI that he picks for the opening game of the season and trusting in the process that they're going to bring good players in, the right players as well that will help to mould a good dressing room."