Sunday 25 September 2016

Jimmy Bullard: 'Hull paid me an extra £15k-a-week by mistake – I’m bleeding money'

Published 20/02/2016 | 14:37

Jimmy Bullard during his time with Hull City
Jimmy Bullard during his time with Hull City

Former Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard has admitted that a financial mistake in the club’s paperwork has “changed his life”.

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The Tigers broke their club transfer record when they splashed out £5m for Bullard in in January 2009 as they sought to ensure their Premier League survival.

The talented midfielder was forced to retire from professional football two years later after being dogged with knee injuries and made just 23 appearances in total for Hull before departing for Ipswich Town

The player was quoted in a number of British newspapers yesterday recalling his delight when Hull accidentally over-paid the player by £15,000-a-week when he signed for the club after agreeing a deal worth £40,000-a-week.

“I saw on the paperwork it said £50,000 so I’ve passed it under the table to my agent and my agent’s gone: ‘Yeah, that’s a misprint, sign it’,” the 37-year-old said.

“As I signed it I blew it [the ink] dry and then I read under it as well, another £5,000 or £6,000 in appearance [money]. I’m celebrating to this day. Thank you Hull City for changing my life. I’m dropping cash everywhere, I’m bleeding cash.”

Bullard made a total of 289 league appearances in a 13-year career that also featured spells with West Ham United, Ipswich Town, Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United and Milton Keynes Dons.

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