Key Hull City transfer decisions held up by manager appointment as EFL seek answers

Aaron Connolly is expected to leave the Tigers this summer
Aaron Connolly is expected to leave the Tigers this summer -Credit:Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images

Hull City have just 48 hours before they must notify the EFL about the status of their players coming to the end of the current MKM Stadium contracts.

City must inform their players before the third Saturday in May which lands this weekend and while the club do not have to make that information public, they must have confirmed with the players concerned and advised the governing body.

The Tigers have Adama Traore, Cyrus Christie, Aaron Connolly and Greg Docherty coming to the end of their City deals while Billy Sharp's short-term deal is also expiring.


Transfer decisions have been placed on hold while the club continue discussions over their new manager, with German Tim Walter the leading candidate to replace Liam Rosenior who was relieved of his duties last Tuesday afternoon following meetings with owner Acun Ilicali and vice-chairman Tan Kesler.

Traore and Christie are both at the end of their two-year deals, though the pair do have 12-month options which could yet be activated, but Docherty is in his option year. Sharp and Connolly's deals are straight and will expire this summer with both expected to move on.

City aren't the only Championship club yet to confirm their intentions with Bristol City, Coventry City, Millwall and Rotherham the only ones to show their hand so far, along with League One winners Portsmouth, who will be back in the Championship for the first time in 12 years after easing to promotion alongside Derby County.

“Any Club wishing to re-engage a Contract Player whose contract is due to expire on 30 June must save as mentioned in Regulations 68.2.1 to 68.2.4 below, notify him in writing by the third Saturday in May in the final year of his contract whether or not they offer him terms of re-engagement specifying (where applicable) such terms," the EFL's rules state.

"The Player must notify in writing the Club holding his registration within one month of the date on which notification of the said terms of re-engagement were sent, whether or not he accepts their offer of re-engagement. If the Player has not replied in writing to the Club's offer of re-engagement by 30 June, the offer shall automatically lapse. In the case of an Under 24 Player, the Club's compensation rights shall not be affected.”