Irish striker Long was pursued by City for over a year before he signed in January 2014. He contributed goals that kept the Tigers in the Premier League, although he was unable to play in City’s run to the FA Cup Final as he was cup-tied. In July 2014 he played in City’s first dabble in Europe against Trencin, but by August he was sold to Southampton for a tidy profit.
Born in County Tipperary, Long signed for Cork City just before his 17th birthday. A year later he was snapped up by Reading and over the course of five seasons he scored a goal every four games. In 2011 he signed for West Bromwich Albion where his strong form continued.
Long signed for Southampton in August 2014 for a £12m fee, where he played a valuable support role to the first XI. After seven years with the Saints Long joined Bournemouth on a half-season loan deal in February 2021. he remained at Southampton for one more season before rejoining his first English club Reading in July 2022.
Long made his senior debut for Ireland in February 2007 and has been a regular starter for several seasons since then.
Date/Place of Birth: 22 January 1987, Gortnahoe
Hull City First Game: 28 January 2014, Crystal Palace A (Premier League), 27 years, 6 days old
Hull City Final Game: 7 August 2014, AS Trencin H (Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round Second Leg), 27 years, 197 days old
Cork City (2004-2005), Reading (2005-2011), West Bromwich Albion (2011-2014), Hull City (2014), Southampton (2014-2022), Bournmeouth (2021, loan), Reading (2022-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 17 apps, 4 goalsShane Long