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Smith Excited By ‘Big’ Move

27 August 2021

Tyler Smith says he is excited to be making a big career move after joining Hull City from Sheffield United.

The 22-year-old striker has signed a two-year deal, with a club option of a third year, and after spending time on loan at a number of clubs in recent years, Smith can’t wait to make a permanent home at the MKM Stadium. 

“I’m delighted to be here,” said Smith.  

“It’s a big step for me and I can’t wait to get started. It’s a big club and I know the gaffer, and Cliff Byrne, really well so they were big factors in me coming here, too. I just can’t wait to kick on and see what this season brings. 

“It’s nice to earn a permanent move. I’ve been up and down the country to different clubs on loan since I was 18 and, while it has been great to get first team experience, you just want to settle and make somewhere your home. I feel Hull City is the perfect club for me in that respect.” 

Smith’s most recent loan spell came at Swindon Town in League One last season where he scored ten times in 26 appearances and he feels he is now ready to test himself at Championship level. 

“I’m ready for the challenge of stepping up to the Championship now after a few spells in League One,” Smith continued.  

“Last season with Swindon was tough but good and I gained a lot of experience from it. I worked hard and managed to get into double figures in terms of goals. The main thing you learn is that football is tough and nothing comes easy. Everything comes down to hard work and having the right attitude. I just want to work hard for the team and hopefully the rewards will come.” 

Described by Head Coach Grant McCann, who Smith played under at Doncaster Rovers during the 2018/19 season, as a different kind of forward to those already on the Tigers’ books, Smith has been speaking about the qualities he hopes to bring as well as his desire to keep on developing and improving during his time in a Hull City shirt. 

“I feel as though my best attribute is my finishing and getting in behind off the shoulder of the defender,” he added.  

“I’ll run in there all day long and, if the ball is in the box, I’ll be doing my best to make sure I’m there to finish. 

“I just want to play as many games as I can and score as many goals as I can to help the team move up the league. I’m always looking to improve all areas of my game and I’ll be working as hard as I can to do that. We have a couple of experienced forwards here so I’m sure I can learn from them.”


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