Ryan Longman says talks with Head Coach Grant McCann and Hull City’s style of play were the key factors in him joining the Tigers on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 20-year-old forward, who came through the youth system at Brighton and recently signed a new deal with the Premier League club, will spend the 2021/22 season on loan at the MKM Stadium as he looks to gain further senior experience after a successful loan spell in League One with AFC Wimbledon last term.
“I think I’ve spoken to about five or six clubs in recent weeks, but after speaking to Grant McCann and coming up to have a look around I was really impressed,” said Longman.
“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.
“I like to try and create a lot of chances and to provide goals and assists. I try to be direct and a nuisance to opposition defenders. I’m quite versatile in terms of playing anywhere across the front three, and I think that versatility is important in the modern game. Knowing the style of play that the gaffer here likes, and having played against it last season, I think it will suit my game.”
Longman played against the Tigers twice during his time with Wimbledon in what was a productive spell for the youngster. He made 52 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine times and providing five assists, and he is now excited to be making the step up to the Championship.
“The time I spent at AFC Wimbledon last season was brilliant for me and I got so much out of it,” continued Longman.
“I got a lot of game time which was always going to be the key thing as a young player. I think I played 52 times over the full season and just tried to take everything on board and everything in my stride. It pushed me at first team level and now that has brought an opportunity to come to Hull City in the Championship and the chance to progress my career further. It’s the next step for me and I’m really looking forward to getting started.
“Moving up here and away from home is another new challenge for me. Wimbledon was only about 20 minutes from home for me, Brighton is around 40 minutes, but as a footballer you have to be prepared to move around and I’m excited to take this opportunity.
“I’m just hoping for as many opportunities and as many minutes as possible and, when they come, I want to make sure I take them and provide goals and assists for the team.”