Centre back Jacob Greaves came through the City academy system, his father Mark having previously played for City in the 1990s. Jacob signed his first professional contract for the Tigers in 2018 and spent 2019/20 season on loan at League Two side Cheltenham Town, where he made 35 senior appearances and won several Player of the Season awards. He made his Tigers debut the following season in an EFL Trophy tie and by November 2020 he had edged out Jordy de Wijs from the City first XI and forged an impressive partnership with Reece Burke and later Alfie Jones. By the end of his first season in the City senior squad Jacob was a first team regular and an impressively assured yet rugged defensive presence who was capable of bringing the ball out of defence, attracting the attention of Premier League clubs along the way.
He began the 2021/22 season as first choice centre back and his progression continued when he captained to City first team in a League Cup tie against Wigan in August 2021. As City changed to a three centre backs formation, Greaves was freed to get forward more often and show his ball-playing skills, form that flourished when new manager Shota Arveladze took over. Jacob ended his second season in City’s first team as an ever-present, playing every minute of every League and Cup fixture.
After City rebuffed an early season transfer offer for Greaves from Championship rivals Middlesbrough, he began the 2022/23 season on the left of City’s central defensive threesome and signed a new four year contract in August 2022 that ended any residual speculation about his departure. When Andy Dawson took temporary charge of first team affairs in October 2022 he moved Greaves to rampaging left back, a role he enjoyed and finally netted his fisrt City goal in late October at Rotherham, his 106th appearance.
Mark and Jacob Greaves are the second father and son pair to make senior first team starts for Hull City, the first pair being Pat and Jamie Heard.
Date/Place of Birth: 12 September 2000, Cottingham
Hull City First Game: 8 September 2020, Leicester City H (EFL Trophy Group H), 19 years, 362 days old
Hull City Final Game: [current player]
Hull City (2018-current), Cheltenham Town (2019-2020, loan)
Hull City Record
Career: 111 apps, 2 goalsJacob Greaves
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