Hull City boss Steve Bruce insists son Alex will handle the pressure
HULL City boss Steve Bruce says he has no qualms over handing Alex Bruce a two-year deal, insisting the pressure of being the manager's son will not be too heavy a burden.
Bruce junior became the Tigers' sixth signing of the close-season over the weekend when completing a free transfer to the KC Stadium.
The versatile 27-year-old has spent the last three weeks training with City and has turned down several offers to team up with his father ahead of the new Championship season.
The family reunion will see the former Ipswich and Leeds defender placed under an inevitable spotlight, but Bruce senior has no doubts his new signing can cope.
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"Of course it puts a bit of pressure on him being the manager's son, but he's played in the Championship for a long time and enjoyed a good career at this level," Bruce told the Mail.
"Nepotism is the word that will always crop up, and you have to think about that, but he's at an age where he can handle it. I'm sure it won't be a problem.
"When you look at what's going around on the Bosman market, he makes a very good free transfer.
"Defensively, in terms of numbers, we're a bit thin with the injury to Liam Rosenior and Jack Hobbs out until Christmas.
"It's imperative that you have cover in the right areas and Alex can fill in anywhere along the back line."
Alex previously served under his father at Birmingham, when signed as a 20-year-old from Blackburn.
That spell together lasted just 18 months and was cut short when both father and son felt a split was in the best interests of both parties.
A three-year stay at Ipswich and a two-year stint with Leeds have since seen Bruce junior develop in the Championship and his father is confident a second spell together can be a success.
He said: "At Birmingham it was different. We were in the Premier League and he was young, it was difficult for him.
"We both decided then it would be best to go out and play every week. I couldn't give him that then, but he's gone out to Ipswich and Leeds and made a good career.
"He's 27 and he'll handle this division. He's at the peak of his career and looks in good shape. I'm sure he'll be a decent acquisition."
The arrival of Bruce, alongside fellow new signing Abdoulaye Faye, has eased headaches over defensive cover at the KC.
Jack Hobbs (knee) is unlikely to play before December, while scheduled scans on Liam Rosenior's Achilles injury were postponed from Friday until today.
Should the right-back get the green light to step up his recovery, he may yet stand an outside chance of featuring in City's season-opener against Brighton in 19 days time.
Bruce, who saw his side win 1-0 at Rochdale in their latest friendly on Saturday, will now turn his attentions to recruiting new blood for his midfield, but accepts he may need to be patient.
"A manager is never finished so I'll keep knocking on the door," he said.