It’s safe to say that it’s been a 2020 to forget for Hull City this season, with the Tigers sliding down the Championship table at an alarming rate.
They had previously been in contention to challenge for a play-off place in the second tier, but a dismal run of form now sees them sat 21st in the Championship, and just two points clear of the relegation zone.
One player that has been involved for Grant McCann’s side this season is Matthew Pennington, with the defender arriving at the KCOM Stadium during the summer transfer window on loan from Everton.
The 25-year-old has gone on to make 11 appearances in his time with the Tigers, and will be hoping he can finish this year’s campaign strongly as they look to retain their Championship status.
Pennington is out of contract with Everton at the end of this year’s campaign, and it remains to be seen as to whether the Toffees are looking to extend his deal with the club.
Speaking in an interview with Hull Live, Pennington admitted that his future is likely to be away from Goodison Park heading into the summer, and is hoping to settle down in the near future.
“I’m thinking I need a home in the summer, somewhere to put my roots down and crack on with my career.
“I’ve been on loan quite a lot now so I’m looking for that place to settle down and really push on with my career.”
The central defender went on to state that he understands why Premier League clubs loan out players so much during their careers, with Pennington’s loan with Hull City being the sixth of his career so far.
“That’s part of the game and part of my life for the past five years, so it would be nice to settle down somewhere but football changes very quickly anyway.
“You could be on a permanent deal somewhere and still find yourself moving every window. It’s part and parcel of the game but it does take its toll after a while.”
Due to recent events, Pennington and his Hull City team-mates aren’t due back in action until the 2nd May, when they’re set to take on Cardiff City.
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Pennington hasn’t looked out of his depth by any stretch of the imagination with Hull City this season, and has been a strong option for Grant McCann to call on when needed.
I’m not surprised to hear that he’s looking to settle down permanently with a club, as I’d imagine it can be draining for a player to move to different clubs on loan each season.
He’ll be hoping he can have his long-term future resolved at the earliest of opportunities.