In the first of his regular columns for KCOM Sport, former City star Bryan Hughes talks Premier League ambition, names the best player he played alongside and why he met Phil Brown at Faro airport.
On signing for Hull City…
The ambition of the club was the main thing that drew me to Hull City. I spoke to Phil Brown in the summer of 2007 and he just sold the club to me straight away. The club had just stayed up in the Championship the previous season and I spoke to Phil and he had big ambitions to try and get the club into the Premier League alongside Paul Duffen, the then chairman, and I sort of bought into it straight away.
It was a 3 year plan that Phil sold to me and I was coming from a Premier League team at the time, Charlton Athletic, and wanted to get back there as soon as possible. Despite wanting to get back to the Premier League, I didn’t expect us to do it so soon, 2008 was just a fantastic achievement for the whole city.
There was interest elsewhere at the time as well. I think at the time I had Bolton Wanderers who were a Premier League team wanting my services as well as Everton, a team I supported as a boy growing up. It didn’t materialise though, they sort of wanted to keep dragging it on and as I had a young family, I wanted my contract sorting as soon as possible.