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The Tigers' cult hero will be helping out the youngsters after his loan spell at Oldham turned sour.

Hull City welcomed veteran striker Dean Windass home to East Yorkshire last month, after his loan spell at League One outfit Oldham Athletic ended on the same day that Latics boss John Sheridan was sacked.

Unfortunately for Windass and the Tigers, part of the stipulations of his loan agreement mean that he is now ineligible to play for City in the Premier League. However, manager Phil Brown was today able to confirm that a special agreement had been reached with the Premier League that allowed Windass to play for the reserves.

The forward, 40-years-old on April 1, will act as mentor to younger players, Brown believes, and will bring them the benefit of his considerable experience.

"Dean Windass went to Oldham to play some football and unfortunately that wasn't the case," Brown explained to The Hull Daily Mail today.

"We've now agreed with Oldham that he comes back to us and we've agreed with the Premier League that he can play reserve team football. He can't play first-team football. We knew that was the deal, end of story.

"He's back here to help out with the reserves and hopefully bring on some of the younger kids like Ryan Kendall, who is just struggling for a goal at this moment.

"Dean, with his intelligence in the penalty box, can hopefully help bring him on."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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