The Scotsman

Docherty re­veals why he said no to an Easter Road re­turn

- By MATTHEW EL­DER

For­mer Hib­sloa­nee Greg Docherty has re­vealed why he turned down a re­turn to Easter Road this sum­mer in favour of a move to Hull City.

Doc her ty ar­rived on loan in Jan­uary from for­mer club Rangers, with then Hibs striker Flo­rian Kam­beri go­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

The 24-year-old scored three goals in eight games for Jack Ross’ side be­fore re­turn­ing to Ibrox at the end of the short­ened 2019/20 cam­paign.

Hibs tried to lure the mid­fielder back to Easter Road in the sum­mer but he in­stead opted to move to Hullo na three-year deal last month.

Prior to join­ing Hibs the for­mer Hamil­ton young­ster im­pressed dur­ing a sea­son on loan with Shrews­bury Town and he ex­plained that a de­sire to move back to England was be­hind his de­ci­sion to turn down an Easter Road re­turn.

“It was great,” he said of his loan spell in Leith. “I was told I was go­ing to go down south and my bag was packed for about two and a half weeks, wait­ing for the call. But it never hap­pened and when the Hibs op­por­tu­nity came up to work un­der Jack Ross I was itch­ing to get that done.

“I was ready togo and play foot­ball and I think it showed when I ac­tu­ally started play­ing. I was just des­per­ate to per­form and grasp that op­por­tu­nity and I feel I did that.

“I was gut­ted with the Covid thing but I re­ally en­joyed my spell there. Go­ing back was an op­tion but I think I needed to get back down here for a fresh start and a clean slate.”

Docherty, pic­tured, made his Hull de but on Satur­day, help­ing them to a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Sun­der­land at the Sta­dium of Light in the EFL Cup first round after the 90 min­utes ended goal­less.

He is de­ter­mined to help re­vive the for tunes of a club rel­e­gated from the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son, just two years after drop­ping out of the Premier­ship.

“A mas­sive part of it was the man­ager (Grant Mc­cann), the way he spoke to me when he first got in con­tact with me,” he said.

“I’d been aware of their in­ter­est for awhile, right be­fore lock­down. I never knew my sit­u­a­tion any­way so that was an at­trac­tion, that I knew he re­ally wanted me.

“The size of the club as well, they’re in a po­si­tion they re­ally shouldn’t be in. It’s an at­trac­tive prospect to come and help build it back up again and for me just to go and play games and try to get back to my best.”

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