New Hull City loan signing Ryan Longman attracted plenty of Championship interest before Grant McCann’s side struck a deal on Wednesday.
The Tigers managed to fight off the interest in the highly-rated Brighton forward and will be hoping he can step up to the rigours of Championship football.
Longman spent last season with AFC Wimbledon, as they managed to steer clear of the third-tier drop. The 20-year-old netted nine times and provided five assists in his 51 games for the London club.
Now, Longman embarks on a new venture and will be swapping the south of England for Yorkshire, whilst trying his luck in a new division.
With several Championship clubs keen on signing the forward, Longman spoke to Hull Live about his decision to join the newly-promoted side: “I think I’ve spoken to about five or six clubs in recent weeks, but after speaking to [manager] Grant McCann and coming up to have a look around I was really impressed.
“The way the gaffer presented his philosophies and how he is as a person just drew me in really and I was delighted to have the opportunity to sign here.”
It is a logical move for Longman. The Championship is the obvious next step in his progression and Hull are a club that will be hoping that their goal threat will not be lost in translation between the second and the third tiers.
It seems that the 20-year-old poses a different kind of threat than Hull’s current striking options. Josh Magennis and Tom Eaves excel in the physical side of the game and cause problems with their power and aerial ability, whilst Longman is more of a creative forward who is as happy creating goals as he is getting on the scoresheet. Combined with Mallik Wilks, the Tigers’ strikeforce has real variety.
He is also a very direct runner who will look to get in behind with intelligent bursts into space, and in front of goal, he is clinical – something that boosts the division after a relatively low-scoring second-tier campaign last time out.
It is a move that has the promise to work for all parties involved. Longman is likely to be given a big chance to prove himself during pre-season and will be hopeful of getting the minutes he needs to continue his progression.