With Hull winning promotion to the Premier League last season, The Tigers have been keen to hold onto the pieces that helped achieve this feat.
So it’s not that surprising to see versatile Egyptian defender Ahmed Elmohamady to make a permanent move to the club following a successful loan spell at the KC Stadium.
The Egyptian moves from Sunderland in a £2,000,000 switch after being frozen out of the squad when Martin O’Neill took over the club in 2011.
But Elmohamady has found regular football and impressed during his time in Hull where the winger made 40 appearances in The Championship scoring 4 goals for the club and was named Player of the Year at the Club.
After completing the move, the Egyptian spoke of his joy of now becoming a permanent player at the KC Stadium. This was underlined in comments made to The Sun where he said that ““It feels great to be here permanently, especially after what happened here last season.”
“It was a great year and I thoroughly enjoyed playing for this club. Everything about it was great — the players, the staff, the fans — and I am delighted to be here again,” he added.
One of the major points of Elmohamady’s move to Hull is that the player will be re-united with manager Steve Bruce who signed the Egyptian whilst in charge of Sunderland.
During Bruce’s time at Sunderland, the right-back had been a regular fixture of the first team although that quickly changed when Bruce resigned from Sunderland a year later.
Hull will be pleased to secure the Egyptian’s service as the club look to gain experienced faces as they return to the Premier League for the first time in 3 years.
Having notched 43 caps for Egypt over the last 6 years, Elmohamady is a regular on the international scene and has also won the African Nations Cup twice with his country.
It’ll be this sort of experience that Hull will look to guide them through the season as they look to avoid making a return back to the Premier League.
Elmohamady is the third signing at the club since they won promotion with Scottish striker George Boyd and former Wigan midfielder Maynor Figueroa both already joining the club on a free transfer.
It seems that the pieces are starting to slowly fall into place for Hull who as they prepare themselves to take on the best sides in England for just the third time in their history.