Bruce to make wholesale changes for Europa League

The Hull City boss wants to reward long-serving players who may not feature in the Premier League as he manages the extra European fixtures by rotating his squad
Hull City manager Steve Bruce intends to field a second-strong starting XI in the Europa League for as long as his side are involved in the competition.

The Tigers claimed a 2-1 aggregate victory over Trencin to book a place in the play-off round, where they will face Lokeren of Belgium, beginning with the away leg on Thursday.

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However, Bruce has confirmed that all players who miss out on a starting berth for Hull's Premier League opener at QPR on Saturday will be given their chance in Europe.

"I've come to the conclusion that whoever doesn't play [on Saturday] will play on Thursday," he announced at a press conference.

Asked whether he would adopt the selection policy for the duration of the tournament, Bruce replied: "Yes.

"We did it last week in Stuttgart where we played a team against Trencin on the Thursday and then totally changed the team.

"It's one way of playing the squad and it's the only way really that we can do it.

"I've got people who've served me handsomely here for years - [Paul] McShane, Alex [Bruce], [Liam] Rosenior, [Stephen] Quinn, [George] Boyd - all of these people who might not be playing [on Saturday] but will play on Thursday.

"They deserve that because of what they've done for me."

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