Liam Rosenior makes exciting Hull City transfer claim on eve of must-win Watford clash

Hull City's players have built a strong bond throughout the campaign -Credit:Anna Gowthorpe/REX/Shutterstock
Hull City's players have built a strong bond throughout the campaign -Credit:Anna Gowthorpe/REX/Shutterstock

Hull City head coach Liam Rosenior admits he'd love to keep his squad together beyond the end of this season, irrespective of what league the Tigers find themselves in. City have four games left and are chasing a place in the Championship's play-off with the Tigers sitting six points behind six-placed Norwich City, but do have a game in hand at Coventry City on Wednesday.

No matter whether City find themselves in the Premier League or Championship, big changes will again come this summer with Tyler Morton, Fabio Carvalho, Anass Zaroury, Tyler Morton, Liam Delap and Noah Ohio set to return to their parent clubs while the likes of Cyrus Christie, Greg Docherty and Adama Traore are out of contract and the club have the option to convert Ryan Giles' loan move from Luton Town into a permanent one.

All six loan players have had a positive impact on City's fine season in various ways with striker Delap and owner Acun Ilicali both serenaded by supporters during the 3-0 win over QPR on Saturday making clear their wish to see the Manchester City loanee remain next term.

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Whether or not that is possible remains to be seen of course, but Rosenior is desperate to see his side secure a play-off berth and keep alive the potential of promotion to the Premier League, and therefore, a greater chance to keep the likes of Morton, Delap and Carvalho.

"Any of those players that are in that group, I'd love to work with them longer than this season, whether that's Jaden, Greavesy, Liam, Tyler, Fabio, but I love working with them, and that goes for every single one of those players that are in our squad," Rosenior told Hull Live on the eve of Saturday's must-win trip to Watford.

"The players who haven't played; Greg Docherty came on for eight minutes, ran himself into the ground for eight minutes. Cyrus (Christie) comes on heads one out of our box in the last game. These are outstanding players and outstanding people, and I love working with this group.

"One of my biggest motivations, I'll be really honest, was to be successful this year, so we could keep a group together for next year and that's still attainable.

"I still believe that we have a really, really good chance if we play to our potential, that we can do something special this year. Other people can write us off, I don't really care, but one of my biggest motivations is to keep a group together for as long as possible because I don't think that this group have even scratched the surface of what they can achieve.

"Another thing is the ifs, buts and maybes, but I know that if I'd had this group in pre-season, we'd be in an even better place than we are now and that says a lot for their backing that Acun and Tan (Kesler) have given me as the head coach, a lot for the players and the way they've taken on board the information. You speak to other clubs in this league and we're respected now, teams fear us at home and away and that's something that wasn't there when I first joined this club again."