Four Transfer Listed

Last updated : 22 April 2002 By Andy Beill
Defenders Nicky Mohan and Mike Price, along with midfielders Rob Matthews and Lee Philpott have all been made freely available for transfer. Though they are still contracted to Hull City for at least another season, any club that makes an approach will be able to sign them on a free transfer.

31-year-old Mohan has had a nightmare season with City. After joining from Stoke in the summer he received heavy criticism when Brian Little persisted in playing him. Jan Molby has played him in all of his four games in charge, but the former Middlesbrough stopper hasn't done enough to impress him. Age is also against him, and with Molby looking to sign another centre back in the summer Mohan would only be used as a backup.

Welsh Under-21 Mike Price signed a two-year deal early into his trial-spell in pre-season. However, he has played only a matter of minutes in three substitute appearances, and was loaned out to North Ferriby United a month ago.

Winger Rob Matthews, 31, has failed to hold down a first team place after joining late last season. Consistency has been his downfall. When he came into the team in November he scored three goals in four games, but failed to keep that sort of form going. He scored again at Bristol Rovers last week, but was substituted early in the Lincoln game after disappointing Molby.

32-year-old Lee Philpott is the other player to be transfer listed. Injuries had plagued him at the start of the season, but Billy Russell gave the former Cambridge, Blackpool, Leicester and Lincoln player a chance on left wing when he was caretaker manager. Although he played fairly well - the highlight being his goal against Mansfield - his fitness has restricted him from being able to play full games.

Molby said after the announcement: "These guys were brought in to play first team football but I can't really see that happening so there's no point in keeping them.
"Obviously with them being under contract there is no guarantee that they won't be here come July 4th when we report back for pre-season training.
"I accept that and if it turns out to be the case they'll have the chance to impress me but as things stand today I've made decisions and that's the way it is in football.
"As for the rest of the squad, they've all been told that they're part of what we're trying to do.
"Certainly nothing will change until we come back in on July 4th and a lot will depend on who I bring in and what positions they play in."