New Hull City signing Jackson Irvine has lifted the lid on what turned out to be a testing transfer deadline day move to the KCOM Stadium, via ESPN.
The 24-year-old left fellow Championship side Burton Albion after just a year at the Pirelli Stadium, in which time he made a big impact with ten goals in 42 league games for Nigel Clough’s men last term to help them avoid relegation to the third tier.
And his excellent exploits for the Brewers last time out attracted much interest over the summer, but it was Leonid Slutsky’s Hull who got a deadline day deal done for the Australia international, although it seems that it wasn’t without its difficulties.
A deal had been agreed and Irvine had completed a medical but paperwork was being held up, and it all led to a nervy time for the 24-year-old, who has lifted the lid on what it was like being on the other side of the world waiting for official confirmation.
Irvine said: ‘It was a move I was obviously very keen to get through because it’s going to be a big step up for me.
‘But when you’re not getting information because you’re overseas and time is kind of ticking away, it can be a little bit stressful.
‘Things never quite run as smoothly as they should, but I’m just delighted that it got done.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Hull fans, who saw their side bring in several new players during the transfer window, with Irvine joining the likes of Fraizer Campbell, Nouha Dicko, and Jon Toral as new additions at the KCOM Stadium.
And with two wins and a draw from their opening five league games, Slutsky’s men have laid a decent foundation from which to build with these new signings ahead of the rest of the campaign, which for them begins at Derby County on Friday.
The Verdict: Many football fans have very little idea of what goes on during a transfer deal, especially one that is up against the clock in the latter stages of the transfer window.
Yet Jackson Irvine has lifted the lid on what it’s like from a player’s point of view, even more so given that there was little he could do given he was on the other side of the world on international duty with Australia.
Fortunately for him, and indeed Hull City, a deal was confirmed before Thursday’s deadline, although it does highlight how close some moves do come to falling through in the latter stages of the window.
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