Tigers snap up Barmby
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former England international finally accepted a settlement to leave Elland Road earlier on Tuesday, but has wasted little time in securing a move to his home-town club.
The 30-year-old is believed to have received around £1 million to annul the remainder of his contract at Leeds, having joined the club from Liverpool in August 2002 in a £2.75 million deal.
Hull City chairman Adam Pearson confirmed Barmby had assigned an initial one-year deal with the possibility of extending it, and was confident the well-travelled midfielder could resurrect his career at the KC Stadium.
"We could not be happier to sign Nicky," Pearson stated.
"This is massive for the club and town as Nicky's a local lad and he'll be keen to impress. I'm sure he'll do ever so well next season.
"This shows our level of ambition at the club. I'm genuinely excited about this move and think it could be just what we need in our push for promotion.
"We've been in negotiations with Leeds for some time and now we've been able to finally cut through all the red tape, Peter Taylor [Hull City manager] and I can hopefully look forward to a very successful relationship with Nicky."
Barmby becomes The Tigers' sixth signing of the close season, following the arrivals of Roland Edge, Delroy Facey, Sergio Leite, Leon Cort and Michael Keane, and expressed his delight at the move.
"This is where I always wanted to be eventually but it was disappointing to leave Leeds in that way and it certainly slowed down my progress in football," he declared.
"But that's the game we play. You learn from your mistakes and the only was is up now.
"I've been a Hull supporter ever since I was little and even though I'm dropping down a couple of leagues, I assure everyone I'll be giving it everything from day one."
Meanwhile, Pearson expects Taylor to take up the dual role of Hull City boss and England Under-21 manager 'in the next 48 hours'.
Taylor will take up the position on a part-time basis and will be in charge of the side on match days only for their eight midweek games next season.