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23rd may 2002 
Appleby signs for Hull City

According to today's Hull Daily Mail, Richie Appleby has put pen to paper and signed a 3yr deal with Jan Molby's new club.

Richie said that
"it was the best opportunity of his life and it's always been his ambition to play in front of 15-20,000 fans every week and that could happen at a club like Hull".

The 26yr old will be joining up with Molby for the third time in his career after being with him at Swansea City and then the Harriers.
So Swansea aren't a big City club then!.

Appleby, who has joined on a free transfer, said:
"I feel a lot of loyalty to Jan. He showed his interest in me early on. I was very happy at Kidderminster and they offered me fantastic terms - better than Hull in fact.

I could have stayed at Kidderminster but I am 27 this year and I've got to look forward at this stage of my life. I'm not saying I couldn't have gone forward with Kidderminster but it won't be easy for them to keep hold of their top players, because of the financial restraints.

Other clubs were interested but basically this is the best opportunity I've ever had.

I have under-achieved in my career so far but with the right equipment - and the right backing - I know I can do great things. I have a lot of confidence in my ability and I know I can please the Hull fans. I'm looking forward to the big match atmosphere week-in, week out."

Richie, who hails from nearby Teeside, admitted he was aware of the size of the task he faces at Boothferry Park but believes the Tigers can clinch promotion.

He said that he was determined to win some honours and help the Tigers realise their ultimate goal of a place in the First Division.
"When you look at all the clubs in the lower divisions, there is more chance of a reward in the long run at Hull. They are very ambitious. Add in the level of support and the facilities at the new stadium and they could play at a lot higher level.

I'm ready for a new challenge but if Hull finish at the top of the table next season, no-one would be happier than me to see Kidderminster in second place.

I am a bit apprehensive but I just hope the Hull fans welcome me like Kidderminster's did."

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