Hull City manager Grant McCann is hoping the EFL will exercise a degree of common sense to ease their transfer restrictions as they prepare for their first season back in the Championship, he told Hull Live yesterday.
Hull have been placed under transfer restrictions due to taking a significant loan from the EFL last season. This in turn means they are tied to a maximums squad size of 25 and can only sign players in order to replace outgoings.
The confusion of this situation has come in regard to the outgoing season-long loan moves of Callum Jones and Jordan Flores, the latter expected to leave The Tigers when his contract runs out at the end of that spell. Yet despite their exit, they still count in the 25 maximum squad size, leaving Hull struggling for wriggle room.
McCann said: “We understand that we can have a squad of 25, we understand it’s tough, we didn’t realise Callum Jones and Jordan Flores counted otherwise we wouldn’t have loaned them out.
“We’re speaking to the EFL about that at the minute to say ‘how can two loan players that have moved away from our club count in our 25 because that’s restricting us bringing people in.’ Hopefully we’ll get a decision on that this week.
“If it is (the case) then unfortunately the nuts and bolts of it are that we may have to move one or two out to get people in, that’s just football.”
It was a glaring error to not check the terms before sending Jones and Flores out. Effectively giving themselves a squad size of just 23 in the current situation. Things may well have to get worse before they can get better, particularly with players on trial now knowing they will be waiting even longer for a decision.
The handling of Hull City has been a questionable subject over the last few years and after an outstanding 2020/21 campaign, righting the wrongs of 2019/20, it would seem the club are still running in treacle back in the second tier.
If they can assemble a competent 25 man squad before the season starts then that should provide them with ample depth, however with the restrictions meaning they must offload before they can bolster the squad, they will inevitably be missing out on targets.
It is a good job that kit launch took some attention away from the club’s hierarchy.