The 27-year-old striker – who was Gillingham’s top scorer in the last two seasons – has penned a three-year deal to keep him at the KCOM Stadium until the summer of 2022, with the Club holding an option of a further year, and the Liverpudlian quickly revealed the opportunity to work with McCann was the biggest motivating factor in committing his future to the Tigers.
“The major influence in my decision to come here was Grant McCann,” he said.
“He called me personally to express his interest in signing me and that was key.
“Obviously I’m well aware of his preferred style of play and how he likes his teams to set up.
“The way his Doncaster Rovers side played in League One last year – free-flowing attacking football – is something that I’m excited to be a part of.
“When he spoke to me, I just knew it was the right choice for me to come and work with him here at Hull City. I’m over the moon to be at a club of this magnitude.”
Eaves established himself as one of the most prolific forwards in League One during his time at the Gills, scoring more goals – 38 in 84 league appearances – in the third tier of English football than any other player over the past two seasons, and is now eager to become a success story in the Championship as a Hull City player.
“Absolutely! I want to prove to myself that I can make the step up to the Championship and I’m confident of being able to do so,” he added.
“I had a brief taste of it earlier on in my career at Bolton but unfortunately I didn’t really get the chances that I felt I deserved at the time.
“But I’m not looking back – my only focus is on the future. I’m here at Hull City now and I can’t wait to get going.
“I feel as though I can bolster the attacking options in the squad and bring goals to the team.
“People say you come into the peak of your career as a professional footballer at the age of 27 but I definitely don’t feel as though I’ve hit my peak just yet. I firmly believe my best is yet to come.”