Hull City Supporters’ Trust were delighted to see Jake Livermore return the to Hull City team for Tuesday’s League Cup victory over Swansea.
Jake has had well documented personal issues since the tragic death of his new-born son just hours after he played for The Tigers in the 2014 FA Cup Final which led to a battle with depression and eventually to failing an FA drugs test in April 2015.
The Football Association took those personal issues into account and reassuringly decided that further punishment was inappropriate in the circumstances allowing him to resume a career that had stalled since he last played for City in the 0-1 defeat to Burnley in May 2015. He was subsequently suspended by the FA and the club.
Having returned to training following the FA’s decision three weeks ago, Livermore was deemed ready to play – both physically and mentally – by Steve Bruce and his staff and received a tremendous reception from the 16,286 in attendance at the KC Stadium and an even greater ovation when he was substituted late in the second half.
The player took to Twitter to say “Can’t thank the fans enough for the overwhelming support and reception I received last night. Also my team mates thank you for your support throughout. These words won’t explain the feeling but was great to be back in the shirt and play in front of my family and by that I mean each and every fan and friend who supported me through this as well. Great result too onwards and upwards”.
It’s important that the club as an employer continues to support the player – and any other who faces such difficult personal circumstances – and put his needs before those of the club. HCST are confident that Hull City will go to great lengths to ensure this continues to be the case.
Welcome back, Jake.