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Kilbane halves his pay to aid Tigers plight

HULL CITY have praised the dedication of Kevin Kilbane after the Ireland international agreed to take a 50pc pay cut to help the struggling club cope with relegation.

Hull have slashed their budget in the aftermath of demotion from the Premier League and, as part of the massive cutbacks, players like Kilbane have accepted a massive drop in their salary.

"A lot of players have helped us over the summer months," said Adam Pearson, head of football operations at Hull, still coping with the burden of a £40m wage bill at the end of last season.

"I take my hat off to them for that. They've looked at the best interests of the club and their future careers and getting back into the Premier League and they've helped the club.

"People like Kevin Kilbane. He has agreed to split his one-year deal into two years and half his money.

"Things like that largely go unnoticed but it's people like Kevin Kilbane that mean this club will still be in pretty good shape next season.

"There's players at the heart of this club that care about it. You can see them a mile off. We've got a really strong dressing room with some great characters."