In a move that will no doubt divide the fan base, Hull City have announced the signing of former striker Frazier Campbell.
Campbell, you will infamously remember, was a key figure in the 2007/08 promotion campaign and supplied that pass for that Dean Windass goal. He earned Cult Hero status during his loan spell at City, but his relationship between the fans soured after he turned his back on the club.
This time though he signs on a free transfer and not on a loan deal, and he’s here for two years at least, with the club option of a third.
Campbell at 29-years-old becomes Leonid Slutsky’s second signing, following on from Ola Aina, and will be pivotal to the Russian managers options both now in pre-season and for the Championship opener at Aston Villa in three weeks time.
City play Benfica on Saturday with Campbell exptected to go straight into the line up. It’s a paper thin squad, but a squad that improved in the second half on Tuesday night to beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 in Portugal, in a game highlighted by Rovers fans brilliantly chanting “There’s only one Dean Windass”, showing their appreciation for what he did to their City rivals back in 08.
Campbell meanwhile has to be considered a solid signing, whatever your views on his previous antics. He joins as a Free Agent having left Crystal Palace last season.
People won’t forget, but he has enough quality for sure to bang goals in the Championship. That’s what City have lacked in recent years and with Abel Hernandez alongside him City have two strikers that can score for fun at this level.
With a squad that still needs bolstering Campbell will hopefully be the start of things to come. Slutsky admitted there will be no more departures, with some more arrivals crucial to their upcoming fortunes.