Under-21 midfielder Tom Ince completes Hull City switch

Tuesday 08 Jul 2014
Tom Ince in action for the Under-21s

Hull City have confirmed the signing Tom Ince from Blackpool.

The England Under-21 international has joined the 2014 FA Cup runners-up on a two-year deal, as Steve Bruce continues to bolster his squad ahead of the club's inaugural UEFA Europa League campaign. 

The 22-year-old is Bruce’s third signing of the summer – following the arrival of Jake Livermore from Tottenham Hotspur and Robert Snodgrass from Norwich City.

Ince, who ended the 2013-14 season on loan at Crystal Palace, began his career in the youth ranks at Liverpool. 

After a spell on loan at Notts County he moved to Blackpool in 2011 before eventually completing his move to Hull.

And he admitted the prospect of working with Bruce was a key factor in his decision to head north.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "I've known Steve Bruce on a personal and professional level for quite some years, being in a former team with my old man.

"I also know a lot of the players so it felt like home to me. I didn't feel like a stranger walking into the dressing room, into the ground.

Ince spent part of the 2013-14 on loan at Crystal Palace

"The staff there, the people on the board, made me feel ever so welcome and sometimes you have to go with your heart.

"To be given an opportunity to play again in the Premier League, it's a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I'm relishing."

Ince also feels Hull can look to the future with optimism with the squad they are building.

"You walk in and there's a strong British core throughout the team," he added.

"The manager's bringing in some big names who have Premier League experience and we want to try and build on last season.

"The cup run was fantastic for the club. Now we have to look at having a stronger Premier League position, the Europa League is a fantastic achievement as well.

"There's a lot going on at the club at the minute and that shows it's moving in the right direction."

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer