Lithe centre back Burke joined City in July 2018, signed from West Ham United where he was highly regarded. He slotted straight into the first team and combined good distribution skills with assured defending, benefiting from playing alongside experienced Tommy Elphick for three months. When Elphick departed Burke flourished and turned in a string of assured examples of centrebackery, striking up an effective partnership with Dutch colleague Jordy de Wijs. His second season at the Tigers saw Burke fully established as a first team pick alongside de Wijs, who together formed a fearsome ball-playing partnership. It was injury and absence to Burke that was a part of City’s drop in form in the early weeks of 2020, demonstrating his importance to Grant McCann’s squad.
Burke remained at City after relegation to League One, despite rumours of a move, and was a first team regular for Grant McCann’s new look team. After a fine season at the heart of City’s table-topping defence alongside young tyro Jacob Greabes, Burke missed the latter stages of the season due to injury and rumours again surfaced of a move back south to be closer to his family. He left Hull City in the 2021 close season after three years of yeoman service and with the best wishes of most City fans.
In June 2021 Reece refused a new contract offer from the Tigers and accepted reduced terms to join Championship rivals Luton Town.
Born in Newham, Burke joined the Hammers at a young age and came through the ranks to make his senior debut at 17. Over the next four years he made a handful of further appearances for West Ham, whilst also amassing regular first team experience at Bradford City, Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers.
Burke won England youth caps at under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels.
Date/Place of Birth: 2 September 1996, Newham
Hull City First Game: 6 August 2018, Aston Villa H (Championship), 21 years, 338 days old
Hull City Final Game: 24 April 2021, Lincoln City A (League One), 24 years, 234 days old
West Ham United (2012-2018), Bradford City (2015-2016, loan), Wigan Athletic (2016-2017, loan), Bolton Wanderers (2017-2018, loan), Bolton Wanderers (2018, loan), Hull City (2018-2021), Luton Town (2021-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 110 apps, 5 goalsReece Burke
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