Bruce key to Hull move, says Huddlestone

The midfielder joined the newly promoted side from Tottenham, along with Jake Livermore on a season-long loan, and hopes to overcome injury concerns and shine for his new club
Steve Bruce was a defining factor in Tom Huddlestone's move from Tottenham to Hull City, according to the midfielder.

The 26-year-old found his opportunities at White Hart Lane restricted last season due to injury and competition for places in the centre of midfield.

He made just 11 starts in the league under Andre Villas-Boas and is now looking forward to getting regular Premier League football.

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"It's been a frustrating couple of years at Tottenham whether it be [because of] injuries or team selection," he told the club's official website. "Hopefully I can come here, cement my place in the starting 11, and do well for the club.

"I had a chance to speak to Steve Bruce and I liked his ideas, his role for me within the team, and what he wants the team to do and the way he wants them to play. Once I'd spoken to him my mind was made up really."

Huddlestone acknowledged that it was not an easy decision to leave Tottenham, but he is relishing a new challenge, which begins with a trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

"It's obviously very exciting times for the club," he added. It was a very difficult decision [to leave Spurs]. Having been at Tottenham for eight years and with the club in the situation they are now, it was a very difficult decision to make, but one based on footballing reasons.

"I'll be ready to train [on Thursday] and then we'll see what the manager does for the game.

"They don't really come much bigger than Chelsea away, with Jose Mourinho returning and everything else that goes with it."