Mclean started Tigers’ Cup run but he has no regrets over exit

Aaron Mclean.
Aaron Mclean.
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as the scorer of Hull City’s first goal on their run to Wembley, Aaron Mclean could surely be excused if he felt a tad envious of his former team-mates.

But nothing could be further from the truth for the Bradford City striker, who after facing Rotherham United tomorrow night plans to head to the capital to cheer on the Tigers.

“It is nice to think as Hull prepare for the semi-final that I started the run off with my goal,” said Mclean, whose 10th-minute strike at Middlesbrough helped the East Yorkshire club to a 2-0 third round victory.

“And I really hope they go on and win the Cup. All my friends are still there and we are in touch all the time.

“Me and Paul McShane lived literally next door to each other in Leeds last year but the manager (Steve Bruce) changed things last summer and insisted we all moved closer to Hull.

“So, we all live literally no more than 10 minutes away from each other. We also have our ‘WhatsApp’ group, too. There is plenty of banter on that and as soon as I scored my first goal for Bradford, the lads were messaging and congratulating me.”

Mclean spent three years at the KC Stadium after signing from Peterborough United in a £1.3m deal. Asked if there will be any regrets when Hull walk out at Wembley, Mclean, whose Bradford debut came against Sheffield United in January, said: “No, not at all.

“I wouldn’t want to be there and be someone who people said, ‘We might throw Aaron in when the Cup comes round’. I think I am worth more than that.

“Anyway, I am not someone who says, ‘What if?’ Plus, I watched a reserve game the other day and they had Sone Aluko and Matty Fryatt playing along with Yannick Sagbo. They were the first-choice strikers in August.

“So, no, I don’t think, ‘I wish I was still there, as I might be going to Wembley’.”