Fire midfielder Shaun Maloney - eight months on from his arrival from Wigan Athletic - has found a new landing place.
After being unveiled as the third designated player signing of the offseason and a critical piece amid Frank Yallop's wealth of offseason acquisitions, Maloney, 32, sealed his move to English Championship side Hull City, the Fire announced Thursday morning.
“This was a very difficult decision to make but one that I felt I needed to make for various reasons," Maloney said in a statement. "I’d like to thank Andrew Hauptman and Frank Yallop for the initial hard work they put into bringing me to Chicago in January. Although my time at the club was brief, I feel very fortunate for the experience to play for the Chicago Fire and would like to thank in particular my teammates for the time I spent with them and hope that in the future the club can become successful on the pitch once again."
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The Scotland international departed for Hull last weekend and underwent his medical on Monday, when Yallop reiterated to reporters via teleconference that the deal would be finalized within the next "24 to 48 hours."
Maloney last appeared with the Fire in the 3-3 draw with the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Aug. 16, notching 68 minutes before being replaced by Harry Shipp.
Since then, Yallop has deployed the Homegrown midfielder underneath Kennedy Igboananike in the Fire's 1-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids in a 4-4-1-1 formation, before resting Shipp to allow newly acquired forward Gilberto to operate alongside the Nigerian in a 4-4-2 setup. The Brazilian forward posted two assists en route to the Men in Red's 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls Wednesday night.