Matthew Pennington stays on with Hull City

Friday, 5 June, 2020 6comments  |  Jump to last

Matthew Pennington has signed an extension to his season-long loan deal with Hull City in the company of fellow Everton youngster, Josh Bowler.

The Everton defender joined Hull City on loan last August in a deal that would have expired on June 30, before the disrupted Championship season is scheduled for completion.

The new agreement ensures that the versatile defender will be able to feature in the Tigers' remaining nine games.

Pennington still has another year to run on his Everton contract, but has not featured in the Blues first team for 3 years since breaking through from the Under-23s. He has been farmed out on six different loan deals over the last seven seasons and it seems unlikely that this pattern will change next season.


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Harry Williams
1 Posted 05/06/2020 at 23:30:21
Shame, we could have brought Pennington back to play for the U23s to get valuable experience. Plus he could have helped with the younger players with their development. A bit like how we used Jose Baxter, Harry Charsley etc.
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 05/06/2020 at 23:49:53
Harry, he could have been brought back as cover for the injured Mina if we had needed him, but evidently Carlo is confident enough in Gibson's ability and Mina's recovery that it's not necessary.

And it's way better experience for Matty to play the 9 remaining games with Hull (where he regained his starting job in February) than to come back for a few appearances with our U23s, particularly since he clearly has no first-team future at Everton.

Phil Smith
3 Posted 07/06/2020 at 16:48:55
Isn't the U23 season finished?
Andrew Ellams
4 Posted 07/06/2020 at 17:00:29
He will be 26 in October. His time at Everton is surely over.
Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 07/06/2020 at 23:02:35
Yes, Phil (#3), I think the U23 season is done, with the four remaining games cancelled, so there'd be nothing there for him to come back to.

The other thought voiced above by Mike Gaynes is that he could have returned to strengthen our injury-stricken back line. I think this might contravene the current loan rules, as I've seen the point made elsewhere (specifically re Mo Besic) that, as a returning loanee, he would not be eligible to play for Everton (first team?) this season.

Perhaps someone could confirm that?

Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 09/06/2020 at 13:49:51
So it seems the issue with any player out on loan that their registration is with the loan club and cannot be transferred back to the parent club until the term of the loan ends or the transfer window opens again.

Seems this would be a hurdle in the way of Lewis Gibson coming back from Fleetwood Town to strengthen the backline, for example (as suggested in the Echo), but might be dodged through seeking special dispensation from the powers that be.

But there must be a provision for loans to be cut short (eg, Adedoyin, Virginia) mid-season... perhaps that's the transfer window again?

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