Deano Comes Home In Shock Move

Last updated : 17 January 2007 By Andy Beill
Barmby will miss the run-in due to ankle ligament damage suffered in Saturday's game against QPR.

Phil Brown has signed a direct replacement for him in Dean Windass, one of the club's all-time top scorers with 57 goals in 176 league appearances between 1991-95, prior to his £700,000 move to Aberdeen. He had subsequent spells with Oxford United, Bradford City, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, and back to Bradford, scoring 60 goals in his second spell with the Bantams starting in 2003. 12 of those have been scored this season in League One, and Bradford's reason for letting their captain go is purely financial. Hull City will pay Bradford a fee for Windass' services, as well as taking over his wages.

The Hull-born forward's first game back in a Tigers shirt will, ironically, be against Peter Taylor's Crystal Palace, after Taylor refused to sign 'Deano' despite speculation linking him with a move back during his entire reign as City manager.

Windass, 37, described it as a "dream move" and says he is "stunned" to be returning after almost 12 years away.

He'll be denied his old number 10 shirt, though, as it is Steve McPhee's for this season.