Jordan Hugill (Striker)
4th Jun 1992 (Middlesbrough, England)Signed:
31st Jan 2018 (£8,000,000)Contract:
4½ yearsPrevious Club:
Preston North EndKUMB Awards:
Worst Signing of the Season 2017/18 (runner-up).
Having worked his way through the game via the local North East leagues, in a similar faashion to Leicester and England's Jamie Vardy, the 25-year-old striker - likened by some to former Hammer Dean Ashton - landed his first pro contract with Port Vale in 2013 at the relatively late age of 21.
Upon scored his first goal for the club, Vale manager Micky Adams said the he'd "unearthed a gem" in Hugill, describing him as "one of those lads who never gives up". Those talents were soon spotted by bigger clubs and the Middlesbrough-born goalscorer joined Preston a year later.
"Wherever I have been in life, not just in football, but in whatever I do, I give everything," he said upon signing for West Ham. "I'm going to give absolutely everything for this club and for my teammates."
Hugill spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough. He will feature for fellow Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers during the 2019/20 campaign, after agreeing a season-long loan.