Midfielder Regan Slater joined the Tigers at the end of September 2020 on a season long loan and made his debut a few days later when he came on as substitute in a 1-0 win over Plymouth that saw City claim four wins out of four at the start of the league season. He played an important support role in the Autumn months, impressing when selected for Cup matches. As the season wore on Slater became a more prominent first team figure after skipper Richie Smallwood suffered an injury, his terrier-like tackling and pacy passing meant Regan played a pivotal role as the Tigers went on a 14 game unbeaten run and secured the League One title. He returned to parent club Sheffield United in May 2021 with plaudits from Hull City commentators ringing in his ears, a situation that would not have been predicted three months earlier.
After half a season of frustration back at Sheffield United, where he impressed in the Reserves but was given no chance to break into the first team, Regan rejoined the Tigers at the end of January 2022 on a two and half year contract, becoming the first signing of new owner Acun Ilicali and new manager Shota Arveladze. He picked up where he left off and provided a steely excellence in the base of City’s midfield, this time alongside Richie Smallwood and the threat of relegation was avoided with a handful of games to go. At the start of the 2022/23 season Slater was again installed in the City first team midfield, this time alongside the classier figures of Ivorian international Jean Michael Seri and Turkish international Ozan Tufan – he continued to thrive and add some forward thrust to his game. By the winter months Slater was deployed in a more attacking role down the left side of midfield and continued to excel, netting twice in a November 2022 3-2 win at Cardiff.
Born in Gleadless in the southern suburbs of Sheffield, Regan Newman Slater came through the academy at Sheffield United and made his first team debut in November 2016, starting an Associate Members’ Cup tie against Grimsby Town. Regan scored the opening goal that night in a 4-2 win and at the age of 17 years and 59 days he became the Blades’ youngest ever goalscorer in a competitive fixture. He went to make his League debut the following season but made a total of just three senior appearances for the Sheffield United by the time he left the club in January 2022. Regan spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Carlisle United where he made 41 senior appearances and scored twice, then spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Scunthorpe United where he made a further 15 appearances.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 September 1999, Gleadless
Hull City First Game: 3 October 2020, Plymouth Argyle H (League One), 21 years, 22 days old
Hull City Final Game: [current player]
Sheffield United (2016-2022), Carlisle United (2018-2019, loan), Scunthorpe United (2019-2020, loan), Hull City (2020-2021, loan), Hull City (2022-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 96 apps, 6 goalsRegan Slater
|2020/21||11 (16)||1||1 (1)||0||–||–||–||–||5 (0)||0|
|2022/23||43 (1)||5||0 (1)||0||0 (1)||0||–||–||–||–|