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There could hardly have been a more fitting finale.  

With 83 minutes on the clock away at Lincoln City on Saturday, Hull City needed one goal to seal their return to the Championship.  

Enter Mallik Wilks. 

After Hull were awarded a penalty late on at Sincil Bank, you’d have been a brave man to bet against arguably League One’s most influential attacker. And, stroking home with supreme confidence from 12 yards, it was Wilks who ensured the Championship will have a dash of amber in its vibrant colour wheel next season. 

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Two years on from his £900,000 exit from boyhood club Leeds United, the Yorkshire-born forward is now the hero of Humberside.

With 22 goals and seven assists, Wilks made League One look like child’s play at times and, if he can maintain those sky-high standards in the Championship, it won’t be long before he joins another KCOM favourite, Jarrod Bowen, at the top of English football. 

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Whether Wilks will be given the chance to show Leeds what they are missing one day… well, let’s just take things one step at a time. 

The next challenge the 22-year-old faces is to prove he belongs among the Millwalls and Lutons rather than the MK Dons and Lincolns.

After that, it’s on to the Manchester Citys and Liverpools. 

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