Hull City confirm retained list as players make MKM Stadium exit

Greg Docherty applauds the Hull City fans on the final day of the season at Plymouth -Credit:Benjamin Gilbert/Focus Images Ltd
Greg Docherty applauds the Hull City fans on the final day of the season at Plymouth -Credit:Benjamin Gilbert/Focus Images Ltd

Hull City have confirmed their retained list after the end of the Championship season with a flurry of first team squad players all moving on from the MKM Stadium.

City had hoped to have a new manager in place to make the final decisions but talks with Tim Walter are continuing with owner Acun Ilicali hopeful of securing the in-demand German over the course of the next week.

Greg Docherty, Adama Traore, Aaron Connolly, Cyrus Christie, David Robson and Vaughn Covil have been released from the club and will move on after their contracts were not extended, while veteran striker Billy Sharp moves on after his short-term deal came to an end.

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Docherty's initial deal expired last summer but saw his 12-month option activated but his four-year stay at the club is over, having played a pivotal role in helping the Tigers earn promotion and the League One title in his first season having arrived from Rangers.

Mali international Traore and Christie both arrived in the summer of 2022 and agreed two-year deals but City have opted against activating their 12-month options, while striker Connolly's one-year deal will not be continued after a season which saw him score eight Championship goals in another campaign hampered by injury troubles.

In total, popular midfielder Docherty played 142 times for City, scoring seven goals and notching nine assists while defender Christie managed 56 with three goals and assists. Attacking midfielder Traore clocked up 37 games in Black and Amber, and like Christie, registered three goals and as many assists. Connolly's two spells at the MKM Stadium saw the 24-year-old bag 10 goals in 36 outings.

Ryan Giles, Tyler Morton, Fabio Carvalho, Noah Ohio, Liam Delap and Anass Zaroury will see their respective loan deals expire on June 30.

In the Under-21s, Bora Aydinlik will return to parent club Fenerbahce after his loan spell ended, while Kyle Fanning, Nathan Tinsdale, Jack Leckie and Sincere Hall have all been offered fresh terms. Harry Wood, Jake Leake, Tom Nixon and Jevon Mills have seen their one-year options activated while Jake Brown, Ajay Weston, Rajdeep Palit, Joseph Johnson and Oliver Green will be released.

Rocco Coyle, Callum Yam, George Wilson, Jaedyn Chibanga and Paul Iggulden have signed professional terms and will move into the Under-21s.