Bruce ready to build for the future

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March 13, 2015 10:44:31 UK

Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he did not hesitate signing a new three-year contract to stay and mastermind a successful fight against relegation.

The 54-year-old took over at the KC Stadium in June 2012 and led them to promotion to the Premier League in his first season. Last season he guided them to the FA Cup final, losing to Arsenal in extra-time, and ended the campaign in 16th.

“We have a big summer coming up with players running out of contract so I thought it was only right that I committed first.”

Steve Bruce

The Tigers are looking to avoid a relegation scrap this time around and are currently 15th in the table – five points clear of the relegation zone with 10 games to play.

Bruce told reporters: “This season’s been difficult at times, we’ve had big problems with injuries, but with all of it I’ve enjoyed it. When you commit yourself to a new deal the first thing you think is do you have the energy for it, because the Premier League is demanding.

“So those things were going through my mind, but I was delighted to commit myself to the club.

“It’s a three-year contract with a year rolling. We’ve been talking about it for weeks and months really. The big thing was I’ve enjoyed the last two and a half years.”

The former Manchester United defender said he hoped a number of first-team players would follow him in committing their futures to the club.

“We have a big summer coming up with players running out of contract so I thought it was only right that I committed first,” he added.

“I’m going to try and lead from the front and get a few to come with me.”

Hull travel to take on rock-bottom Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday and Bruce revealed the game will come too soon for Mo Diame and James Chester. The Tigers are currently priced 4.33 to be relegated at the end of the season.

He added: “There’s been reports that Mo Diame would be involved but it’s still too early for him unfortunately. We hope that he’ll join in in the middle of next week but he’s been out now for the best part of four months.

“James Chester will hopefully will get the go-ahead for next week too, so that will hopefully give the whole squad a boost with them coming back, but this weekend they unfortunately won’t be available.”

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