Monday 19 February 2018

Three the magic number in Devitt's relegation record

HAVING your club relegated once in a season is bad. Twice is very unfortunate but three times is surely unprecedented.

However, that's what happened to Hull City's Irish youth international Jamie Devitt. The 19-year-old Dubliner was loaned out by the Tigers to Darlington at the start of the season for a month.

Devitt scored in his final game for Darlington -- who were at that stage managed by Steve Staunton-- on October 17 against Shrewsbury Town, whom he then went to for another loan spell until January of this year.

Hull then sent him off again, this time to Grimsby Town. Devitt impressed greatly with the Mariners.

Despite scoring five goals in 15 appearances with Grimsby, Devitt couldn't stop them being relegated -- along with Darlington -- from the Football League.

As Hull also made the drop to the Championship, Devitt can lay claim to one of the most unwanted records a player can achieve.

"The lads have been ribbing me about the situation," said Devitt. "They told me I will be the answer to a quiz question in the future." You'd better believe it, Jamie.

Irish Independent

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