Docherty reveals why he said no to an Easter Road return
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.”