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Barton: We couldn’t stand in Lewie’s way

7 August 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton has explained he simply couldn’t stand in the way of a move for Lewie Coyle to Hull City.

The 24-year-old defender joined his hometown club for a undisclosed fee on Thursday, ending three years at Highbury Stadium.

Coyle made 135 appearances during three loan spells with the Cod Army, before finally agreeing a permanent deal from Leeds United in January. He was sent off during his final game for the club against Wycombe Wanderers in the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final last month.

And following Town manager Barton revealed the move is one which suited both parties.

“Hull is Lewie's hometown, so it’s a dream move for him and one he couldn’t turn down. I spoke to him yesterday about the move and he said he wouldn’t have wanted to leave for any other club.

“We are obviously disappointed to lose him, but this was a move which we just couldn’t stand in the way of.

“Lewie been a fantastic servant to the club and a player who’s been superb for me as a manager. The way he trains everyday and the standards he sets shows in the way he plays on a Saturday I’ve got nothing but praise for him as a player and a lad.

“As a club it’s been a good bit of business for us, he joined on a free transfer in January and we’ve managed to see a decent return. It’s money which hopefully will help us strengthen the squad, so this is a move which will help both parties.

“We all thank Lewie for his efforts and wish him and his family well for the future.”

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