Who’s Who in the Hull City squad facing Gor Mahia during Kenya trip

Hull City in Kenya

This Sunday, English Championship side Hull City will face Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia at 3pm (1pm BST).

The visit is aligned with shirt sponsor SportPesa’s mission to develop grassroots football on the African continent with the match against Kenyan opponents aimed at exposing local players to international competition and increasing their exposure on the world football scene.

Players with international commitments on the horizon have been left behind, so we run down the members of the Hull City squad who have made the trip.


David Marshall

Marshall was born in Glasgow andbegan his career at Celtic before moving south of the border to join Norwich City in 2007. After making just over 100 appearances for the Canaries, he signed for Cardiff City.

During his seven-year-stay during which he made almost 300 appearances, he became captain and helped them to win promotion to the Premier League in 2013 as they finished as Championship Champions.

In August 2016, he signed a three-year contract for Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

Callum Burton

Promising young goalkeeper Callum Barton was signed from Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee in July 2017. He has previously represented England at U16, U17 and U18 level and has had loan spells with Market Drayton, Workington, Nuneaton Town and AFC Telford United.

Hull City in Kenya
Hull City arrive in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/SportPesa


Max Clark

Max joined Hull City’s Academy at U13 level and progressed all the way through to making his first team debut on the opening day of the 2017/18 season. The versatile defender and midfielder represented England at U16 and U17 level before experiencing his first taste of senior football during a loan spell with Cambridge United. Max had a prominent role in pre-season ahead of 2017/18, culminating in a senior Tigers debut against Aston Villa.

Stephen Kingsley

Scottish international Stephen Kingsley began his career with Falkirk, quickly establishing himself as a first-team regular and making over 100 appearances. His fine form secured a move to Swansea City, before spending loan spells at Yeovil Town and Crewe Alexandra.

After returning to the Swansea first team, his Premier League debut was in their 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates in March 2016.

In addition to his one senior international appearance for Scotland, Kingsley has also represented his country at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 levels.

Adam Curry

The centre-half joined Hull City from South Shields in 2015 and spent a month’s youth loan at Boston United in November 2017.

Brandon Fleming

Fleming joined Hull City at the age of nine and signed a scholarship in July 2016. He signed his first professional deal in February 2017 after impressing for the Under-18s. In August 2017, he made his debut in a 2–0 EFL Cup defeat to Doncaster Rovers and has also spent a loan spell at Gainsborough Trinity this season.

Robbie McKenzie

A versatile centre-back or central midfielder, McKenzie joined Hull City’s Academy set-up at the age of nine.

After progressing through the youth ranks to sign a two-year Scholarship deal in March 2015, McKenzie put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract with the Club on his 17th birthday in September 2015.

Despite only being a first-year scholar, McKenzie made 14 appearances at Under-23 level in 2015/16, during which the Development Squad reached the Premier League Cup final, and went on to establish himself as a key member of the Under-23s’ squad over the past 18 months.

The 19-year-old recently signed a new deal which sees him commit his future to the Tigers until at least the summer of 2020.

Kevin Stewart

Kevin signed for Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy in 2013 before going on loan to Crewe Alexander, before joining Liverpool on a free transfer a year later. Loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion and Swindon Town followed and despite signing a three-year contract at Liverpool in 2016, he moved to Hull City in July last year.

Hull City in Kenya
Hull City arrive in Kenya


Daniel Batty

Daniel is a graduate of Hull City’s Academy and was involved with the first team squad on a number of occasions during the 2016/17 season.

The central midfielder also enjoyed a fine campaign with the U23s with his impressive form earning him a new two-year deal.

Evandro Goebel

An exciting Brazilian creative midfielder, Evandro began his career with Atletico Paranaense in his home country. He has also played for Palmeiras, Atletico Mineiro, Vitoria and Red Star.

Ahead of his move to East Yorkshire, Evandro had scored eight goals in 58 appearances for FC Porto for whom he also played in the Champions League, before joining the Tigers for an undisclosed fee in January 2017 on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Jon Toral

Jon was born in Reus, in the Province of Tarragona, Catalonia. He began playing football as a child with his local club, UE Barri Santes Creus, before signing for Barcelona in 2003.

As part of Barcelona’s Under-15 side that won the 2009/10 Manchester United Premier Cup, he caught the eye of Arsenal’s scouts, prompting the Gunners to sign both him and Hector Bellerin at the age of 16 for £300,000.

He appeared for Arsenal in the 2012/13 NextGen Series and the 2013/14 UEFA Youth League, scoring two goals in five appearances in the latter competition, also breaking into the Gunners’ second string side that season, scoring six goals in 20 appearances.

After being called into the Arsenal first team squad for pre-season friendly matches against Boreham Wood and New York Red Bulls in July 2014, he gained his first taste of competitive football in England during a loan spell with Brentford in 2014/15, scoring six times in 36 appearances.

The young spaniard moved to Birmingham City on a season-long loan the following season where he scored twice in his first two games, quickly establishing himself as a first-team regular.

He went on score eight goals in 38 games in all competitions and at the Blues’ end-of-season awards night was named Supporters’ Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season, along with winning the Goal of the Season award for an exceptional volley against Ipswich Town.

Last summer he made his third loan move to Granada before being recalled by Arsenal in January 2017. Just two days after returning, he joined Rangers on loan until the end of the season.

Billy Chadwick

The Hull-born central midfielder joined the Tigers’ Academy at the age of 11, progressing through the youth ranks to sign a two-year scholarship deal ahead of the 2016/17 season.

Tyler Hamilton

Hamilton joined Hull City at the age of eight and signed a scholarship in July 2016. On 22 August 2017, he made his debut in a 2–0 EFL Cup defeat to Doncaster Rovers and signed a two-year contract with Hull City in February.

Hull City in Kenya
Hull City arrive in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/SportPesa


Jarrod Bowen

Jarrod joined the Tigers’ Academy from Hereford United in 2014.

Fraizer Campbell

Fraizer came through the youth system at Manchester United, before joining Hull City on loan in October 2007, scoring 15 times before setting up the most famous goal in the Club’s history – a Dean Windass Wembley winner in the Play-Off Final against Bristol City.

After returning to Manchester United at the end of his loan spell, Campbell joined Tottenham Hotspur for the 2008/09 campaign before signing for Sunderland.

His performances in the North-East earned him his one and only England cap and after three-and-a-half years he joined Cardiff City, helping them to win promotion to the Premier League.

He made 52 appearances for Cardiff, scoring 16 times, before signing for Crystal Palace in summer 2014 and returning to Hull last season.

Nouha Dicko

Nouha signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2017. Capped once by Mali, Dicko began his career with French club Strasbourg before moving to England where he had a successful trial with Wigan Athletic.

However, after just one League Cup appearance, the striker was loaned out to Blackpool for the second half of the 2011/12 season. After a second loan spell at Bloomfield Road at the start of the 2012/13 campaign, he had further temporary moves to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Rotherham United.

Eventually, he signed for Wolves where he found his best form, hitting 13 goals in 19 appearances to fire his new side to the League One title in 2014.

He scored 15 times in Wolves’ first season back in the Championship, but injury meant his 2015/16 campaign was brought to an early close.

After a long lay-off, his form began to return towards the end of 2016/17 and a goal against the Tigers in the early weeks of the 2017/18 season, the club snapped him up.

Will Keane

Will joined Manchester United at the age of 11, progressing through their academy before making his senior debut in December 2011. After loan spells at Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United, he joined Preston North End where he scored twice in 22 appearances.

The striker signed for Hull City from Manchester United in August 2016 on a three-year deal and has also represented England at U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 level.

Tom Powell

18-year-old Powell signed a two-year deal from Wigan Athletic last year. While at the Latics, he scored 28 goals in all competitions for their Under-18 side in 2016/17.

Ticket prices for Sunday’s 3pm fixture at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium range from Ksh1,000 (£7.30) to Ksh100 (73p).


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