Tom Ince still has a future at Hull City, according to Steve Bruce

Ince has been on loan at Derby County since January after struggling to get regular game time at Hull early on in the season.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has said he is delighted for Tom Ince given the form he has shown recently for Championship league leaders Derby County

Bruce is quoted in the Hull Daily Mail talking about the winger he sent on loan earlier on in the season in order for him to get more game time under his belt.

The Tigers boss said: "When we went out of Europe early and went out of the League Cup early, that restricted the chance to play games.

"He's set Derby alight and I'm delighted for him.

"There's still a bit of developing for him to do, he's still growing, but there's no doubting his ability.

"We've just seen in the last month or so.

"To be fair to him he played well at the start of the season as well and could have scored four or five times, so I'm pleased he's back playing well."

Ince has yet to really settle on a club ever since his Blackpool departure and was linked with a long list of Premier League clubs at one stage, including returning to Liverpool where he played at youth level. He also had an incredibly brief spell at Crystal Palace, while he held talks with Inter Milan last summer.

But he seems to be having an impact for the Rams having scored five goals in five games under Steve McClaren, who has a good record when it comes to developing younger players he has taken on loan. One only has to look at Jordon Ibe, who was on loan at Derby for the first half of the season and has walked into the first team ever since returning to Liverpool - including featuring for them in Europe - to see the helping hand the Derby boss can give to younger players.

If Hull can assure their Premier League survival this season, then it could be the perfect place for him to kick on in his development, but Bruce will have to make allowances for him to play regularly at the KC Stadium.

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