Tuesday 23 January 2018

Tigers capture Dawson

Michael Dawson has signed a three-year deal with Hull
Michael Dawson has signed a three-year deal with Hull

Hull have completed the signing of Michael Dawson from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.

The centre-half moves to the KC Stadium on a three-year contract after both clubs confirmed the deal was completed via their official Twitter accounts.

"Michael Dawson has completed a move from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, the club are delighted to announce," read a statement on City's official website.

Dawson began his career with Nottingham Forest, earning England Under-21 honours and securing a move to north London in 2005.

The 30-year-old spent nine years with Spurs and became club captain following the retirement of Ledley King in 2012.

"I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it," he told Tottenham's Twitter feed.

"I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club, including the supporters.

"We have enjoyed some incredible moments together and I hope the club continues to move forward in the future."

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy added: "Michael has been an outstanding club representative both on and off the field.

"He has always given everything for the Spurs shirt - just one of the reasons he is so deservedly popular throughout the club."

Dawson becomes the Tigers' sixth signing of the summer and joins Tom Ince, Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire in moving to east Yorkshire.

Boss Steve Bruce is still on the hunt for more signings before the transfer window closes but has found himself frustrated in his pursuit of Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes.

Speaking before the Dawson deal was completed, the former Birmingham boss said: "It's up to me to bring two or three in, we're close to one in particular and we hope we can get that over the line."

He added: "I thought I had Jordan Rhodes 24 hours ago and it seems to be further away than ever. We've been negotiating for a week.

"We'll see what this week brings and hopefully bring in the two or three we need to give the squad a hand because we've already played five competitive games."

Dawson, who has four England caps, joins Curtis Davies, James Chester, Paul McShane and Maguire as Bruce's options at the heart of defence.

"The season Hull had last year was incredible," Dawson told Hull's official Youtube channel. "To get to the final of the FA Cup, secure their Premier League position and now we've got to look to build on that and that's what we're going to do.

"The chance to be in the group stage of the Europa League with a game on Thursday, all we can do is build on it and look forward to the season ahead.

"You need the squad and the manager is getting the squad together to compete in both or all competitions. The players and the quality we've got in this dressing room, I'm sure we can manage that."

Dawson's older brother Andy spent 10 years with the Tigers as they rose through the divisions and the younger Dawson admits he feels like he knows the club already.

"I know the club well with my family history, with Andy being here," he said. "I'm just excited to get started.

"The attraction is the whole football club, the manager, the squad of players.

"I know the fans gave me plenty of stick last year when I was playing for Tottenham. Hopefully I'll get a nicer reception now but it was all good fun.

"I'm just ready and raring to go."

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