George Honeyman's move from Hull City to Millwall completed
George Honeyman has completed a move from Hull City to Championship rivals Millwall.
The widely-expected transfer was confirmed at noon on Tuesday.
Although the midfielder's contract had been due to expire this summer and he had rejected a new one, the Tigers will receive a small fee because they exercised their right to trigger a 12-month extension with negotiations still ongoing. They have done the same with Mallik Wilks, who looks set to join Sheffield Wednesday if the Yorkshire clubs can agree a fee.
Made captain of previous club Sunderland when he was only 23, Honeyman brought his leadership, positive personality and football skills to East Yorkshire in a three-year stay where he became an important figure.
But with moves for fellow central midfielders Ozan Tufan and Adama Traore imminent and Jean Michael Seri considering an offer, he could see that although Hull wanted to keep him, his playing time would inevitably be reduced next season, and has therefore decided to move on.
Honeyman's first season at the club was a difficult one, going from challenging for the play-offs - and, Honeyman rather unwisely said, automatic promotion - at the turn of the year, to finishing bottom of the Championship.
But Honeyman swept the board at Hull's player of the season awards as they won the League Two title the following May. As well as three goals, he had 13 assists, and was named in the division's team of the season.
Even with injuries which delayed the start of his 2021-22, he was still a key figure back in the Championship last term, scoring five times.
In a statement, Hull said: "We would like to thank George for his work ethic, dedication and immense contribution to the club, and wish him well for the future."
The 27-year-old was equally warm about his former club, saying: "l'd like to put on record how much I've enjoyed my last three years at Hull City, Everyone from the area has made me and my family feel so welcome. A big thank you to everyone working at the football club; the manager, players and staff who are quite simply a tremendous bunch of people.
"l'd also like to thank Acun (Ilicali, the chairman) and Tan (Kesler, vice-chairman) for helping with this process. And finally the biggest thank you is for the fans; your support has been unwavering and I hope I did you proud whenever I put on a Hull City shirt."
A fee thought to be in the region of £4m has been agreed between Hull and Fenerbahce has been agreed for Tufan, Traore is training with Hull waiting for his free transfer to be rubber-stamped. Hull are one of the clubs to have made Seri an offering following his release by Fulham as new owner Ilicali puts his stamp on the squad in his first full transfer window as chairman.