Rejected by Leeds United for being too small at the age of 16, the midfielder joined the Tigers on a two-year scholarship ahead of the 2014/15 campaign after impressing whilst on trial – and he hasn’t looked back since!
After honing his talents in the Tigers’ youth team at Under-18 level, Batty stepped up to play for the Under-23s, where he quickly became a mainstay of the Development Squad under Jon Beale.
Then came the breakthrough at first-team level. There was three substitute appearances in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in 2017/18 before a league debut arrived on the final weekend of the season away at Brentford.
The expectation was for the 21-year-old to kick on during the 2018/19 campaign – something which he achieved in impressive fashion by making a total of 29 appearances in all competitions, all but two of which came in the Tigers’ Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Reflecting on his journey with the Tigers to-date, Batty said: “Like any other footballer, I had room for improvement when I first arrived and I’ve worked hard to do just that – in all areas of my game.
“I came here at the age of 16 having suffered the setback of being released by Leeds United. That was a difficult moment and something that was hard to take, but looking back it was a blessing really. As a result of that decision, I’ve come here, kicked on and played first-team football.
“Obviously it was a completely new environment for me to come into having previously been at Leeds, but my new team-mates and all the staff at the Academy made that transition so much easier for me and that has played a big part in my progression here.
“I’ve gone from signing at 16 to signing my first pro deal two years later, establishing myself in the Under-23s and then pushing on into the first-team set-up. I’ve enjoyed the whole journey immensely and I’ve learnt so much since coming here. I’ve found my home.
“It just goes to show that any set-back in football can be overcome if you’re willing to work hard enough for it.
“Obviously I made my league debut against Brentford on the final day of the 2017/18 season but that was just a little taste to get me ready for the season that’s just gone. I really enjoyed being part of the team.
“It was great to be part of it all. I found the season so enjoyable – playing and training at Cottingham on a full-time basis and being part of what was a really good group of players and people.
“I managed to get a lot of minutes and a lot of game-time under my belt. It was my breakthrough season for the first-team and it was great to experience Championship football and understand what it’s all about.
“I enjoyed every single minute I spent on the pitch. It left me wanting more really and my desire to push on, improve and become a real focal point of the team is huge.
“I’m so pleased with the progress I’ve made since becoming a Hull City player and hopefully that will continue in the years to come.”