Why the future is bright for Hull City

Steve Bruce's highlighting of his side's new-found strength in depth is proof that the future has never been brighter for Hull City.

FA Cup runners-up last season, and with a European campaign to follow this term, it has been a superb 12 months for fans of the Tigers on the field.

The furore surrounding owner Assem Allam's much-discussed and controversial plans to alter the club's name aside, there has been plenty to cheer for the supporters of the KC Stadium side.

The Tigers splashed the cash in January to land Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, with an outlay of around £14 million, while Jake Livermore, Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass' arrivals have seen the club show their statement of intent ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Tigers have spent close to around £16 million million already this summer, and manager Steve Bruce has talked up the ambitious plans of all concerned.

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail at their pre-season training camp in Portugal, the former Manchester United captain expressed his delight with the talent amongst his ranks.

"It's an excellent squad," he said. "It's got to be as good as any side this club has ever had. We haven't got a lot of numbers, but I'm really content with what we've done.

"To have secured Jake and brought in Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass, that shows how far we're progressing as a club. A manager is always greedy. Ideally we'd still like another two or three in, especially with what we've got ahead in Europe.

"If we can get a left-back in and a centre-back to cover the loss of Abdoulaye Faye, maybe we'll look for a middle of midfield player too or someone that can do a bit of everything."

It is hard to argue with Bruce's assessment about the strength of his current squad, and as his side prepare for next season in the summer sun of the Algarve, it is easy to see why the future has never been brighter for the Tigers.

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