There were some unfamiliar names who boarded Hull City's flight to the Algarve on Tuesday, albeit not the signings that many Tigers fans are hoping for. Whilst a handful of players stayed at home, Steve Bruce gave the opportunity to several youth team players to train with the first team squad.
"A fantastic opportunity"
Jarrod Bowen, Greg Olley and Josh Tymon were all given promotions form the Under-21 squad and Academy coach Tony Pennock is excited to see how they will perform during the nine day training camp. Pennock explained "it is a fantastic opportunity for the players to show the first team staff what they are capable of and everyone at the Academy wishes them all the best".
The promotion has also allowed for some younger players in the Hull City Academy to gain valuable experience. Pennock added "as a result, some of our Under-18s will travel with the Under-21s, meaning some of our Under-16 players will also step up and travel with the Under-18s".
The three youngsters will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Calaum Jahraldo-Martin, Matty Dixon and Greg Luer who were present at the same camp last season and went on to represent the first team at different points during the campaign.
A trio of players remain at home
The opportunity was presented to the trio this summer following three vacant places being left by Ahmed Elmohamady, David Meyler and Abel Hernandez. Elmohamady recently signed a contract extension but it waiting for his visa to be processed so he can join the first team's training.
Meyler and Hernandez are both on extended leave after representing Republic of Ireland and Uruguay at Euro 2016 and Copa America respectively. Steve Bruce will be keen to get last season's top goalscorer Hernandez back into training as soon as possible and secure his services, as the striker has been heavily linked with a move away from the KCOM this summer.