Having committed his future to the Tigers this week, Alex Bruce is already excited about the prospect of the season ahead.
The 28-year-old put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with the club and is relishing the challenge of establishing himself as a first-team regular in 2012/13.
“I’m obviously delighted to have signed for the club, and am looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Bruce told www.hullcityafc.net.
“I have really enjoyed my time at the training ground so far, and know what a fantastic stadium the KC is, so I’m very happy at the moment.
The experienced defender first joined up with the Tigers during their pre-season trip to Portugal, and admitted that the spirit within the camp was a major factor behind his decision to join the club.
“I had the opportunity to come and train at the beginning of pre-season which gave me an excellent opportunity to get to know the lads that are already here.
“I had a couple of offers over the summer to think about, but once I met up with the lads here I felt settled very quickly. When it came up that the club were interested in taking me on full time, I didn’t have to think about it for too long.
“27-29 are probably the peak years in a player’s career and I am entering that phase now. I have played in the Championship for a long time now. My aim is to achieve something in this league now with Hull City, and I believe that we have a chance of doing so with the lads we have in place.
"There are lot of talented players here, and I am aware of how well they did from a defensive point of view last season. We can build on that this year after narrowly missing out on the play-offs.
"There are a lot of young players in the squad and they will have gained a lot of valuable experience from last year which will stand us in good stead.”