'Hungry' kids at heart of Steve Bruce's Hull City plans
NEW Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he is excited at the prospect of working with the Tigers' talented crop of young stars.
Bruce, who was unveiled as City's new boss last Friday, is already being linked with moves for experienced heads such as striker Emile Heskey and goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who are both presently free agents.
However, whilst looking for 'four or five' new faces to add to his squad before the first day of pre-season on July 2, Bruce says it is City's crop of 'hungry' young kids that he is looking forward to working with.
"There is a nucleus of a very good young squad here, and with a few additions, hopefully we will get where we want to be," said Bruce.
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"The one thing I have noticed is they are young and energetic.
"I enjoy working with the young players as they want to learn, want to get better and are hungry and desperate to succeed. I think any manager worth his salt would tell you the same thing.
"My aim with a young player is always to try and improve them and make sure they have a career in the game they are proud of."
City's players were known to be shocked by the sudden dismissal of former boss Nick Barmby, just two days after the season finale at West Ham in April.
Six weeks of uncertainty have passed, in which speculation over some City players has been rife, with clubs supposedly circling the likes of winger Cameron Stewart, and goal-scoring midfielder Robert Koren.
Bruce, who has signed a three-year deal at the KC Stadium, admits there is a need for stability given the disruption of recent times, and he says all players are guaranteed a 'clean slate' under him in terms of winning a place in his side.
"There has obviously been an air of disappointment around but that is normal when a manager loses his job," Bruce said.
"It's gone, it is history and it is my job to get them all back and working again and looking forward to that challenge and seeing what we have got. Hopefully they are looking forward to that challenge too.
"Whatever has happened in the past I am not bothered with. Every player has a clean slate and it's up to them.
"Stability is important for the chairman. He has put an awful amount of money in and he has saved the club. The sum of money which has been put in is remarkable. I hope we can get a team together to repay that faith.
"Hopefully we can build towards a very successful season."