Birthdate: 18 August 1988
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Other clubs: Lincoln City (1997-2005), Scunthorpe United (loan 2008), Leicester City (loan 2008-09 + transfer 2009-11), Hull City (2011-13), Nottingham Forest (loan 2013-14), Nottingham Forest (2014-)
Bought from: Lincoln City
Signed for LFC: £750,000, 18.08.2005
Liverpool debut: 25.09.2007
Last appearance: 19.12.2007
Contract expiry: 24.04.2009
Win ratio: 60% W: 3 D: 0 L: 2
LFC league games/goals: 2 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 5 / 0
Hobbs is the youngest-ever player to feature for Lincoln City in the Football League. He was 16 years and 149 days when he came on as substitute against Bristol Rovers on 15 January 2005. The central defender joined the Reds from Lincoln City in August 2005 following a successful trial spell at Melwood and became the captain of the reserves. Because of the long-term injury to Agger, Hobbs got an opportunity when he came on as a late substitute for Lucas in the League Cup at Reading in September 2007. He played the whole 90 minutes of the next round against Cardiff and made his full League debut five weeks later away to Reading. The arrival of Martin Skrtel diminished Hobbs' chances of a long run in the first team. So it wasn't a major surprise that on 24 January 2008 Liverpool loaned him to Scunthorpe United in the Championship for the rest of the season. Hobbs was loaned to Leicester City for the 2008/09 season and performed so well his move was made permanent.
Hobbs played in 44 Championship matches for Leicester in the 2009/10 season as the Foxes reached the play-offs. Hobbs was honoured by being made captain for both legs of the semi-final with Cardiff City but the Welsh club progressed on penalties to leave Leicester's Player of the Year devastated that his dreams were crushed at the penultimate stage of the season.
Leicester signed a number of new defenders for the 2010/11 season which meant that Hobbs was no longer certain of his place in the team, surprisingly considering his player award from the previous campaign. In February 2011 he made a loan-move to Hull City and appeared in 13 Championship matches for the Tigers before signing a permanent three-year deal. Hobbs was named captain in Nicky Barmby's side and was an exceptional performer for the club, but ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in April 2012.
Hobbs returned to action after recovering from a serious injury and played in twenty-two Championship matches in 2012/13 as Hull City made a return to the Premier League after an absence of three years.
The defender moved to Nottingham Forest on loan from Hull City for the whole of the 2013/14 season with part of the agreement being that after this loan-spell was over he would then sign a two-year contract with the Nottingham club. Hobbs returned briefly to Hull in January 2014 but then signed a four-and-half-year permanent deal with Forest on the final day of the mid-season transfer-window..