Hull City are considering cutting their long-standing ties to North Ferriby United in a move that could leave the Villagers significantly out of pocket.

The Tigers have had a long relationship with the club, playing their Under-23s games out of the Church Road ground, while also sending a squad with first team players to contest the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy against the Villagers, a game which acts as a major revenue stream in the summer for the non league side.

That pre-season game is currently scheduled to take place once again this summer the Mail has learned, but like last year will only be against a youthful reserves side and will not be against a team featuring any first team players as had been the previous system adopted by City until 2017.

City continue to finalise their pre-season plans which so far includes games against Maritimo and SC Braga on July 10 and 13 respectively, plus Rochdale on Saturday July 21 and Newcastle United on Tuesday July 24, with no room in a busy schedule for a first team game with Ferriby which used to take place mid-July, often acting as the first game of pre-season. The Mail understands Ferriby are in negotiations with City not just regarding a traditional pre-season game, but also to come to an agreement on the staging of the City reserve games at the newly named Chadwick Joiners and Builders Stadium.

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