Hull City: Marlon Not the King of the Tigers Anymore

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2009

Marlon King the on-loan Wigan striker will be on his travels again.

He is involved in a loan deal to Middlesbrough, with Mido leaving on a permanent deal in the opposite direction.

King was left out of the recent Hull City squad for the Arsenal game in mysterious circumstances. The striker was seen speeding away from Hull's KC Stadium before kick-off on the day of the game.

The Tiger's manager, Phil Brown reported that King had a bug and it was felt that he shouldn't be in the dressing room to pass it on to his teammates.

King did not agree with Brown's version of events and went on record, stating that he was left out of the first XI, and when he spoke to Phil Brown an argument ensued. The result was King storming out of the club and back to Wigan.

So, what has de-railed such a promising start for King at newly promoted Hull City? He has a checkered history having served five-months of an 18-month prison term for handling a stolen vehicle whilst he was playing for Gillingham.

He then signed for Nottingham Forest but failed to shine and was loaned to Leeds United.

It was from there that King has had the best spell of his career scoring 21 goals in Watford's championship promotion season 2005/'06 and winning their player of the season award.

The next season in the Premiership, King sustained a knee injury which highlighted a much deeper problem. He had flaked a bone in his knee which kept him out of action for six months, and ended his Premiership career prematurely as the Hornets were relegated back to the Championship.

Watford and King started the 2007 campaign well, with King scoring 10 goals, and his form drew a bid from Wigan for his services in the January transfer window. He scored his first goal for Wigan against Blackburn in March 2008.

With the start of the 2008/'09 season King found himself down the pecking order at Wigan and was loaned out for the season to Hull City. Initially the Tiger's had tried to sign King on a permanent deal but were unwilling to agree personal terms with King, who was reportedly on £40,000 a week at Wigan.

After a fine start to the season, scoring five goals in 20 games, King's world started to unravel.

He was banned from driving after being caught speeding at 106 mph in a 60 mph zone and was then involved in a altercation with Hull legend Dean Windass at a Hull City team building event at a Scarborough night club. Worse was to follow as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a girl in a London night club.

These events left Marlon King in a poor situation as it affected his relationship both with his club and his team mates. And ultimately, it has left him out of favour on the field, something which has led to his swift departure.