Hull City

McCann Delighted With Wilks Signing

20 January 2020
Grant McCann believes Mallik Wilks will add a different dimension to his forward line following his arrival on loan from Barnsley.

The talented 21-year-old, who can operate out wide or as a striker, arrived on a temporary basis until the end of the season on Friday, with the Tigers having the option to make the deal a permanent one.

Wilks enjoyed an impressive loan spell under McCann at Doncaster Rovers in League One last season, where his impressive statistics of 16 goals and 12 assists in 55 appearances helped the Keepmoat Stadium outfit reach the play-offs.

Speaking after giving Wilks his debut off the bench in Saturday’s trip to Derby County, the Tigers’ Head Coach said: “I was pleased to get the deal done and over the line. Mallik is going to be a top player – he really is.

“He’s going to add a different dimension to us with his physicality, pace and directness. He’s still young and got a lot to learn but he’s a player that can make a big impact in games because of his raw pace and physical attributes.

“Mallik is coming here to work hard and prove a point – and we like that. I just think he needs the right guidance and the right support.

“We gave him that at Doncaster last year and he excelled, so we’re hoping to try and do the same with him here at Hull City so that he can excel with us in the Championship.”

Wilks joined Herbie Kane and Martin Samuelsen in making the move to the KCOM Stadium during the January transfer window, adding further depth to the Tigers’ squad ahead of the final 18 games of the Sky Bet Championship campaign – much to the delight of McCann.

“I’m very appreciative of the support,” he added. “The owners have been great. The targets we had identified have come in and the good thing is that they’re all young.

“They’ve all got so much to give to this football club, not only this year but in years to come.

“We were speaking the other day and I think we might have 18 or 19 players under the age of 25 so the future of the football club is going to be very exciting.”