Hull City are delighted to announce the signing of Alfie Jones from Premier League side Southampton for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old has penned a one-year deal at the KCOM Stadium - with a Club option of a further 12 months - to become the Tigers' fifth signing of the summer.
A right-sided centre-half, Jones came through the Academy set-up at St. Mary's Stadium and made seven appearances for the club, all of which came in the EFL Trophy.
The last two seasons have seen him enjoy successful loan spells at both St Mirren and Gillingham. He featured 15 times for the Scottish outfit during the first half of the 2018/19 campaign - 14 of which came in Scotland’s top-flight - scoring once.
The 2019/20 campaign saw him rack up 35 appearances for Gillingham in all competitions, with 30 of those coming in the Gills' League One campaign, contributing two goals. He also showed his versatility at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium by operating in a defensive midfield role - in impressive fashion - on many occasions for Steve Evans' side.
Jones trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday morning and could make his first appearance in a black and amber shirt in Saturday's season opener away at Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.
Reflecting on Jones' arrival at the Club, Head Coach Grant McCann said: "Alfie is someone I've kept an eye on personally over the last two or three years. He has good experience playing in the Scottish Premier League with St Mirren and he had a good season last year at Gillingham.
"He played a lot in central midfield, which tells us he can handle the ball, but he grew up at Southampton as a centre-back. He wants to get on the ball, he wants to play. He’s aggressive in the tackle and aggressive in the air. He's a really good character first and foremost and we want to continue his progression.
"He knows the league inside out and played in a team that could possibly have sneaked into the play-offs with the run they were on, had the season not been stopped.
"It was really important to bring him in. We were a bit imbalanced with four left-sided centre-backs. With Ryan Tafazolli moving on, we had to bring someone else in on the right-hand side.
"We’d been trying to get Alfie for a while, so we’re delighted. There were a lot of clubs showing interest in Alfie and we’re delighted he’s picked us."