The players facing uncertain future at Hull City after end of Championship campaign

Adama Traore in action for Hull City at Leicester early in the season -Credit:Nigel French/PA Wire
Adama Traore in action for Hull City at Leicester early in the season -Credit:Nigel French/PA Wire

Hull City are primed for a busy summer of transfer activity as the Tigers prepare their squad for the new campaign which kicks off in early August, amid looking for a new manager after Liam Rosenior's departure.

Saturday's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle coupled with West Brom's comfortable 3-0 success at home to Preston ensured the Tigers missed out on a place in the play-offs, and naturally, there will be a lot of comings and goings at the MKM Stadium.

City have a host of first team players out on loan who will need their futures resolving, while the club have players out of contract which they must decide whether or not to offer fresh terms.

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Here, Hull Live takes a closer look at those facing an uncertain future...

Greg Docherty

The Scotsman has been a wonderful servant to the club since arriving in the summer of 2020 following City's relegation to League One and proved to be a key part of the title-winning squad. While Docherty has been a bit-part performer under Rosenior, his value to the dressing room has been significant.

He was out of contract last summer and had his option year activated but that comes to an end this summer and it's expected that he'll move on.

Cyrus Christie

In the second of his two-year deal, Christie is another who will almost certainly move on this summer. City do have the option of extending his deal by a further 12 months, but with Rosenior opting to play Regan Slater at right-back even ahead of Lewie Coyle in recent weeks, the prospects of Christie sticking around must be viewed as remote unless a new manager sees differently.

The experienced right-back is 32 in September and won't have been happy to have played just 37 minutes of Championship football since New Year's Day and will be desperate to be playing regularly.

Aaron Connolly

The Republic of Ireland international returned on a one-year deal last summer and enjoyed a terrific start to the season but after being poleaxed by Norwich City goalkeeper Angus Gunn at the MKM Stadium in January, Connolly has found life increasingly tough. His opportunities have been limited and he didn't feature in any of the final four games of the season, which suggests the writing was is on the wall.

His social media post which said he loved every minute of his time at City also suggests there will not be a second year coming his way, and it's likely he'll move on to pastures new.

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Adama Traore

Just 42 minutes of football since the 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers just after Christmas is hardly a ringing endorsement of a player Rosenior sees as a regular. Admittedly, being away at the Africa Cup of Nations had an impact on his availability, but even following his return, the Mali international just hasn't featured with any regularity.

Traore, like Cyrus Christie, is coming to the end of his two-year contract and though the club do hold the option of extending it by a further 12 months, his lack of game-time suggest that would be unlikely.

Matt Ingram

The experienced goalkeeper started the season as Rosenior's number one until Ryan Allsop arrived and then the former Derby County and Cardiff City goalkeeper became the firm first choice. Ingram did return over Christmas when Allsop picked up an injury at Bristol City, but that reprieve was short-lived.

Ivor Pandur's arrival in January saw Ingram relegated to third-choice and though Ingram has appeared on the bench in the final couple of games, just 10 appearances and none since New Year's Day will not be what he's looking for.

Under contract until next summer, the club have an option of a further 12 months, but it would not be a surprise to see the reliable 30-year-old seek a move for regular first-team football next term.

Brandon Fleming

City's popular left-back has been told he has no future at his hometown club under Rosenior, and though he's been training with the first team in recent months, it looks like he'll be moved on this summer with another 12 months on his current deal.

Rosenior has spoken previously about Fleming's loan move to Shrewsbury Town falling down and said that the club would look after him in the remaining weeks of the season, which they have done. While he didn't feature in Rosenior's plans, it remains to be seen if a new manager brings new hope of him staying.

Jason Lokilo

Signed last summer, the winger featured in the opening 20 games of the season before falling out of favour and being moved on to FC Vizela in Portugal late in the January transfer window, his last appearance coming late on in the 1-0 win at Sunderland. During that spell in Portugal, he's played nine times and scored once. The 25-year-old has a further year on his contract at City but is unlikely to be involved next term and will almost certainly be moved on.

Ryan Longman

Longman has enjoyed his season on loan at Millwall and is keen to stay at The Den, according to Lions boss Neil Harris. The winger claimed the club's goal of the season award last week for his thumping strike to seal a valuable 1-0 win over Leicester City, and though he's under contract at City until next summer, you'd imagine a deal will be done.

Ryan Woods

An experienced midfielder, Woods hasn't played at all this season under Rosenior who moved him out to Bristol Rovers in the first half of the season, and after that didn't work, he returned to East Yorkshire briefly in January before heading off to Exeter, where he's had a much more enjoyable time.

Like Longman and Lokilo, Woods is under contract until next summer but City will be keen to get him off the wage bill if a permanent exit can be agreed given he will not play for the Tigers again.

Dogukan Sinik

It was hoped that the Turkish international would have a big season but having struggled for fitness during the summer, and training at St George's Park away from City's first team, Sinik played just 22 minutes in the defeat at Ipswich Town in October, one of seven appearances on the bench. His last came against Preston in October, before moving on loan to Hatayspor in January where he made eight Super Lig appearances, scoring one goal. Another under contract until next summer, a new manager may bring new hope of staying but it's currently in question that will be the case.

Oscar Estupinan

The Colombian frontman is out in Brazil on loan with EC Bahia and has done well, scoring five goals in 10 games. Bahia have the option to make his loan move permanent in December for a fee understood to be in the region of £3m and it's expected that will happen. If they don't take that option, the striker will return to City at Christmas.

Loan moves

There's also a host of players out on loan deemed not part of Liam Rosenior's plans or moved out to gain valuable experience, including Xavier Simons, Andy Smith, Harvey Cartwright, Thimothee Lo-Tutala and Harry Vaughan, who are expected to come back and be part of the first team squad, at least for pre-season.