End of week round-up – 4th June 2021

Hull Kingston Rovers have kept their elite academy status for the next two years. The Robins appealed the original decision which saw their current academy downgraded. Welcoming the news Chief Executive Paul Lakin stated “It has been a traumatic two weeks for the Club and in particular our young athletes and their parents. We are pleased with the outcome that has been reached following further sensible dialogue with the governing body. They recognise and acknowledge the groundswell of support that we have received from within the city and beyond. I would like to particularly place on record our thanks to the campaigning of Karl Turner MP, the Hull City Council, the local game as well as our supporters.” You can read more reactions to the news at the club on the Hull Kingston Rovers website. On the field, forward Owen Harrison has left on a season-long loan to Championship outfit Newcastle Thunder. Harrison has struggled for opportunities in the first team this season.

Defender Reece Burke has will leave Hull City at the end of his contract. The central defender rejected extended terms with the club and will join Championship rivals Luton Town. The 24-year-old made over 100 appearances in amber and black since joining from West Ham in 2018, scoring 5 goals at the Tigers, all of which came last season. Four City players have been named in the PFA League One team of the year this week; George Honeyman, Callum Elder, Lewie Coyle and Mallik Wilks all were recognised by their fellow pros. All four made huge contributions to the Tigers first league title in 55 years.

Hull City Ladies have announced two new signings this week. Defender Hannah Langford has joined the Tigresses, previously a York RTC graduate and more recently played for York. Adrian Costello has also added Libby Gray to his squad, the midfielder a former Leeds United GTC graduate and player. The club has also seen Amy Beech leave this week. If you are interested in joining Hull City Ladies they have trials on Tuesday 15th June 2021, see their website and social media for more.

Reported by: Simon Bromwich