Hull City defender delighted with club's progress

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Hull City's James Chester has talked up the "huge turnaround" the club has undergone over the last two years.

Hull City were promoted from the Championship at the end of the 2012-2013 campaign and eventually finished 16th in the Premier League last season.

Steve Bruce's side will also be involved in next season's Europa League having finished as FA Cup runners-up to Arsenal, and the club's playing squad has underwent a huge amount of cosmetic surgery over the last 12 months.

Bruce was able to secure Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore last summer and the latter made his move permanent recently, with the Tigers shelling out a club record of around £8million to land the midfielder from Spurs.

The deal came after Hull spent around £14million in January on Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, and Bruce has also added Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass to his ranks this summer.

Chester admitted that he was delighted to see the sweeping changes throughout the side and revealed his happiness at where the club currently stands in the English game.

He told the Hull Daily Mail: "The changes have been huge during the three and half years I've been here, but especially in the last two years. The quality of players we've been able to bring in has made it a huge turnaround.

"There's probably only [Liam] Rosenior, Paul [McShane] and [Mark] Oxley who were here before the manager now. That's quite scary really. That comes with the progress we've made. You have to strengthen because the gulf in quality is so big.

"The gaffer has done a great job in bringing in some real quality players and they'll help us keep improving."

Hull travel to Queens Park Rangers on the opening day of the Premier League season next month.

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