After a breakthrough season with his boyhood club Birmingham City a couple of years ago Mitch Hancox looked set to be Blues’ next No.3 and first choice left back after the premature retirement of David Murphy.
However, this was halted after the arrival of current left back Jonathan Grounds – he was signed by Lee Clark from Oldham Athletic on a Bosman free transfer in the summer.
Don’t get mistaken as Grounds is a good consistent defender who can also fill in at centre half if required, however fans were baffled when Mitch Hancox was seemingly banished from then manager Clark’s side.
There was soon speculation that there had been a falling out between player and manager of some kind – all the facts of the story have still yet to be revealed.
Hancox enjoyed a good run of form over last season and his passion for the Blues was instantly picked up by the supporters allowing him to quickly become a fan favourite and a regular starter.
He is a product of the club's academy and signed his first professional contract at the age 18, a three year deal that runs until the summer of 2016, but is future is now somewhat unclear.
It wasn’t until the start of this season that we started to see less and less of the talented left-back. At first we saw him demoted to the bench in order to asses Grounds in that position as he was the new signing.
But of late he hasn't even been on the bench. There were claims that that under Clark he wasn’t even training with the first team, for reasons unbeknown to anyone. But will the appointment of Gary Rowett give renewed optimism regarding Hancox?
He recently played a game for the Blues reserves and looked sharp according to reports but the question then goes begging – why isn’t he making the final cut?
I'm sure fans won’t want to see him depart and so let's hope that we see him in the not too distant future in some capacity, even if it’s just on the bench. He needs to re-establish himself and make an impression on the new manager. We can only hope he does!
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