David Meyler will bring 'bit of bite' to Hull City says Steve Bruce, after Sunderland deal
STEVE Bruce believes new loan signing David Meyler will be well worth the wait – five months after first launching a bid for the midfielder.
Meyler yesterday became the Tigers' second new arrival of the week when signing from Sunderland until January, joining fellow Republic of Ireland star Robbie Brady at the KC Stadium.
A switch to East Yorkshire reunites Meyler and Bruce a year after they last worked together at the Stadium of Light.
And having trailed the central midfielder throughout his time as City boss, Bruce was delighted to conclude a drawn-out chase ahead of tomorrow's trip to promotion rivals Cardiff.
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"I've been interested in him ever since I came here," said Bruce, who had his advances initially knocked back in the summer.
"He did fantastically well for me at Sunderland and I'll never forget that.
"I can remember putting him in against Man City and seeing him flying into Gareth Barry and Nigel de Jong. He was terrific.
"He's strong, tough and relishes the battle. He's got a brilliant attitude as well. He's a wonderfully willing boy."
Bruce has been a long-standing admirer of Meyler after handing him a Premier League debut when manager of Sunderland in 2009.
Two serious knee operations have since plagued the Cork-born midfielder's progress and he arrives at the KC having started just two games in 2012.
Meyler's injury problems have stalled a promising career, but Bruce has no doubt his new signing can hit the ground running in the Championship.
He said: "It's a big time for him to go and play. He's got to go and get over that.
"He's trained since pre-season and waited for his chance, but it hasn't come and that's why he's here to get some games.
"Let's hope his knee stands up to it and he has the same impact he's had twice before when I've put him into the team.
"He's different to what we've got in the middle of the park. For example against Wolves the other night, it was a physical mismatch in many ways.
"So he's something we haven't got. He's big, powerful and gets up and down the pitch."
Meyler, who joins Sunderland team-mate Ahmed Elmohamady on loan with Bruce, will see his future addressed on January 1 upon the completion of his loan spell with the Tigers.
A permanent switch is yet to be discussed and Bruce says the only focus is on a mutually-beneficial loan for now.
"He's here until January so that's 10 games," added the City boss.
"We'll see how he goes and if there's a chance we can bring him here then we'll have a look at it.
"We haven't explored that at this stage, we're just delighted that we've got someone of his quality here."
Meyler has been including in the travelling party to face Cardiff tomorrow after training with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday.
He added: "I had a couple of other clubs interested in signing me on loan but to be able to work with Steve Bruce again is a great opportunity.
"When I found out he wanted me to come down, I didn't have to think too hard about it. It was an easy decision to make."