Hull City defender Jack Hobbs has joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan. The deal may become permanent depending on the success of the loan. If the loan becomes permanent, Hobbs will sign a 2-year deal till 2016. The 24-year-old was told that he was not part of the plans at the KC Stadium and has agreed a move down to the Championship.
Hobbs had suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for 8 months in 2011/12 but he came back strongly and made 22 appearances for Hull City in their promotion winning season last year.
Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is delighted to have secured the signing of Jack Hobbs. He said, “We are very pleased to welcome Jack to the club. He has for some time been recognised as one of the brightest defensive prospects outside the Premier League and I am delighted that we have been able to bring him in.
“To target players of his calibre is easy – the difficult part is making the deal happen. Not only do signings like this further signal our intentions this season, but they also highlight the hard work that is going on behind the scenes to ensure we are a force to be reckoned with.
“Things are slowly falling into place – there is still a lot of work to be done, but Jack is another piece in the jigsaw.”
Jack Hobbs was captain of Hull City in the 2011-12 season but injury forced him to miss the final few months of the 2011-12 campaign and the first half of last season. After Hull City’s promotion to the Premier League, Hobbs was told that he was surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium.
Despite being disappointed at the fact that he had to leave Hull City, Hobbs has expressed his excitement at the prospect of winning promotion for a second successive season. Upon his arrival at Forest, the defender said, “I got told I was no longer in [Hull City’s] plans which was hard to take.”
“I am itching to test myself at the highest level and am confident I can achieve that with Forest. I am excited to be here. The aim is promotion this season.”
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