Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Hull City defender Jack Hobbs on a season-long loan.
The deal for the 24 year old will become permanent at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, when Hobbs will commence a pre-agreed two-year contract which will keep him at The City Ground until the summer of 2016.
The former Liverpool trainee was an important cog in The Tigers’ defensive wheel last season, recovering well from a knee injury to make 22 appearances as Steve Bruce’s men gained automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Hobbs is no stranger to success. In addition to last season’s promotion, he played a pivotal role in Leicester’s League One-winning 2008-09 campaign and has picked up a number of personal accolades over the course of his career thus far.
Reds manager Billy Davies was delighted with his latest acquisition.
He said: “We are very pleased to welcome Jack to the club.
“He has for some time been recognised as one of the brightest defensive prospects outside the Premier League and I am delighted that we have been able to bring him in.
“To target players of his calibre is easy - the difficult part is making the deal happen. Not only do signings like this further signal our intentions this season, but they also highlight the hard work that is going on behind the scenes to ensure we are a force to be reckoned with.
“Things are slowly falling into place - there is still a lot of work to be done, but Jack is another piece in the jigsaw.”