Welsh joins Tigers
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool midfielder John Welsh has joined Hull City on a season-long loan move.Liverpool midfielder John Welsh has joined Hull City on a season-long loan move.
The 21-year-old joins his England Under-21 boss Peter Taylor at The Kingston Communications Stadium in a bid to get more first team experience under his belt.
Welsh penned a new Reds deal last season and did see some action under Rafa Benitez, but the Spaniard was willing to let him leave.
Welsh has now joined Hull for the season to sample life in The Championship, and is delighted with the move.
"I'm delighted with the deal," Welsh told the club website.
"Hull is a big club and I know the manager Peter Taylor well from the England Under-21 set-up.
"It's a good move for me at this stage of my career and I'm just looking to get some first team games under my belt and gain some valuable experience."
Taylor was equally happy to have signed the tenacious young midfielder, who he knows well from England duty.
"John is a very good player and someone I know well from my time with England, so I'm delighted to have him here for the season," said Taylor.
"He's always impressed me with his attitude and application to the game, which came as no surprise to me given the excellent upbringing he's had at Liverpool.
"I've made him captain on the Under-21s on a couple of occasions because I've every faith in him as a player and a person."
Although Welsh faces an uncertain future at Anfield, the Liverpool Academy graduate has not given up hope of making the grade with the European champions.
"I'm not sure what the future holds for me at Liverpool but I haven't given up hope of coming back and making it," added Welsh.
"I know it's going to be difficult because there are so many good players at the club, but Stephen Warnock is a good example of a player going out on loan then coming back to establish himself in the first team squad."