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Smith on McCann: ‘I Love Him As A Gaffer’

7 September 2021

Tyler Smith says the opportunity to play under Grant McCann again was a key factor behind his decision to join the Tigers.

The 22-year-old striker made his debut for the Tigers just before the international break against Bournemouth, just a day after he’d arrived at the MKM Stadium on a two-year contract from Sheffield United.

“I love him as a gaffer,” said Smith when asked about what it’s like to play under McCann.

“He was a big factor in my decision to join because I know how he is and how he likes to play.

“I’m so happy that he’s brought me on board and that I’ve got the chance to play for Hull.”

Smith has experience of playing under McCann from his time at Doncaster Rovers in 2018/19. He gained further third-tier experience with Bristol Rovers and Rochdale before spending last season at Swindon Town.

Although he did make one appearance for Sheffield United earlier this season against Carlisle United in the Carabao Cup, Smith says the decision to join the Tigers wasn’t a difficult one.  

“To be fair I had a few options, but they were nothing on Hull,” added Smith.

“It was a no-brainer.

“Everyone knows Hull, and I knew Mallik Wilks before I came here so I’d always see after games what they were doing in the table.

“They were always at the top end of the league last season and I could never turn them down.

“I’m just happy to be here and I want to do all I can for the team.”


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