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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Ince joins Tigers influx

Published 07/07/2014 | 19:22

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Tom Ince ended last season on loan with Crystal Palace

Hull have announced the signing of winger Tom Ince from Blackpool.

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The Tigers have announced the 22-year-old, son of former England international Paul Ince, has agreed a two-year deal at the KC Stadium.

Compensation with Blackpool has yet to be agreed and a tribunal may be necessary if a figure cannot be settled upon.

Ince, who ended last season on loan at Crystal Palace, had attracted interest from a number of other clubs, most notably Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Ince travelled to Italy for discussions with Inter - one of his father's former clubs - but opted to remain in England and look for a Premier League club.

He met with Hull officials last week and a deal was concluded after further talks on Monday.

Ince came through the youth ranks at Liverpool and had a loan spell at Notts County before moving to Blackpool in 2011.

He has been linked with a return to Liverpool on numerous occasions in the past but a move back to Anfield never materialised.

Ince is Hull manager Steve Bruce's third signing of the summer after completing an £8million permanent deal for Jake Livermore from Tottenham and landing Robert Snodgrass for £6million from Norwich.

Bruce is keen to expand his squad ahead of a potential European campaign in the coming season. Hull will play in the Europa League qualifiers after reaching the FA Cup final last term.

Ince admitted the prospect of working with Bruce was a key factor in his decision to join the Tigers.

He told Sky Sports News: "I've known Steve Bruce on a personal and professional level for quite some years, being in a former team with my old man.

"I also know a lot of the players so it felt like home to me. I didn't feel like a stranger walking into the dressing room, into the ground.

"The staff there, the people on the board, made me feel ever so welcome and sometimes you have to go with your heart.

"To be given an opportunity to play again in the Premier League, it's a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I'm relishing."

Ince also feels Hull can look to the future with optimism with the squad they are building.

"You walk in and there's a strong British core throughout the team," he said.

"The manager's bringing in some big names who have Premier League experience and we want to try and build on last season.

"The cup run was fantastic for the club. Now we have to look at having a stronger Premier League position, the Europa League is a fantastic achievement as well.

"There's a lot going on at the club at the minute and that shows it's moving in the right direction."

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