Hull City boss Grant McCann confirms club are unlikely to offer a deal to Shamrock Rovers' Lee Grace

Fri, Nov 22 2019

Grace's final game before the expiry of his contract was Rovers' FAI Cup final win over Dundalk. Credit: Al Robinson (ETPhotos)

Hull City manager Grant McCann has confirmed the club have likely ended their interest in defender Lee Grace.

The Tipperary man has spent the past few days on trial at the Yorkshire club and impressed the management team but is unlikely to earn a deal at the KC Stadium.

McCann confirmed that he’s happy with the options he has at centre-half and, while he hasn’t closed the door on making an offer, he’s unlikely to follow up his interest.

“Lee came over. He is someone that we – myself and Cliff – are aware of,” McCann said at the club’s weekly press conference.

“He came over for a few days and did well. He’s gone away on holiday with his family now as it is the end of his season.

“Whether we do something with him, I’m not sure as I’m pleased with the six centre-backs we have got – including the two we have out on loan.”

The defender has spent the past two-and-a-half years with Shamrock Rovers after joining from Galway United for an undisclosed fee midway through the 2017 season.

A former army cadet, Grace made his name with Wexford Youths and was part of the 2015 First Division-winning team, before following manager Shane Keegan and turning professional with Galway in 2017.

He has establishment himself alongside Roberto Lopes as Stephen Bradley’s preferred central defensive partnership and was this year recognised in the PFAI team of the season.

Grace’s contract expired following the FAI Cup final win earlier this month and, while Bradley has made moves to bring in another defender, the Hoops will be eager to tie him down for another year.