Central defensive colossus Hobbs joined the Tigers on loan from Leicester City during the closing stages of 2010/11 season. He instantly signalled his intent when he made his debut at Derby, rattling a hapless Ram forward with a bone-jarring challenge that propelled across several postcodes. His powerful presence helped City to stabilise their defence and after signing a permanent deal in the summer of 2011 he was a first team fixture for most of the 2011/12 season. He suffered a serious knee injury in the closing weeks of that season, and did not return to action for six months. On his return Hobbs enjoyed a spell in Steve Bruce’s promotion chasing side but as the season grew to its thrilling denouement Hobbs was a peripheral figure. Elevated to the Premier League the following season, Hobbs was not in Bruce’s plans and he spent most of the season on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Born in Portsmouth, Hobbs grew up in Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire and learnt his trade in Lincoln City’s youth setup. He made his senior debut for the Imps at the age of 16, but that was his sole appearance because Liverpool signed him up a few weeks later. Jack made a few senior starts for the Reds and had a season on loan at Leicester City, signing a permanent deal for the Foxes the following summer. He had a year and half in Leicester’s first team but was out of favour when he joined the Tigers on loan.
On leaving City, Hobbs signed permanently for Nottingham Forest where he spent four years studded regularly by serious injuries. In 2018 he finally vacated the banks of the Trent and signed for Bolton Wanderers, a club he served for two years before ending his playing days.
Jack had three caps for the England under-19 side during 2007.
Date/Place of Birth: 18 August 1988, Portsmouth
Hull City First Game: 22 February 2011, Derby County A (Championship), 22 years, 188 days old
Hull City Final Game: 19 April 2013, Bristol City H (Championship), 24 years, 244 days old
Lincoln City (2004-2005), Liverpool (2005-2009), Scunthorpe United (2008, loan), Leicester City (2008-2009, loan), Leicester City (2009-2011), Hull City (2011, loan), Hull City (2011-2014), Nottingham Forest (2013-2014, loan), Nottingham Forest (2014-2018), Bolton Wanderers (2018-2020)
Hull City Record
Career: 78 apps, 1 goalsJack Hobbs
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