An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ first January signing, Regan Slater…
A boyhood Blade, Gleadless-born Slater came through Sheffield United’s academy and captained their youth team.
He made his senior debut aged 17 in an EFL Trophy tie at Grimsby in November 2016 and scored in a 4-2 win – becoming their youngest-ever goalscorer in the process.
Slater’s league bow – and only previous Championship appearance – came the following December in a 1-0 reverse at Preston, while his third and final Blades outing was a 1-0 FA Cup win at Ipswich.
Loaned to League Two Carlisle for the 2018/19 season, the central midfielder made 41 league and cup appearances and notched both of his Blues goals in a 4-0 shellacking of Swindon.
He made the temporary move to fellow fourth-tier outfit Scunthorpe the following season and featured 15 times for the Iron prior to joining the Tigers for the 2020/21 campaign.
His maiden appearance in black and amber came as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Plymouth and he scored his only City goal in a 3-1 comeback victory at Bristol Rovers.
Slater had to wait patiently for a run in the team – with the majority of his outings up until late March coming from the bench – but seized his opportunity when it arrived.
He emerged as a key figure as the season reached its climax, impressing as the deepest of a dynamic midfield trio behind Greg Docherty and George Honeyman.
Starting eight of the final nine matches, he helped City clinch promotion with a 2-1 win at Lincoln and secure the title a week later after a 3-1 victory over Wigan.
A successful season, collectively and individually, was rounded off in style as Slater got his hands on the League One trophy following the final game at Charlton.
That appearance was his 34th of the campaign across three different competitions and the 22-year-old will be hoping to continue where he left off during his second spell at the MKM Stadium.