Bruce the reason I left Tottenham, says Hull new boy Huddlestone

Tom Huddlestone has revealed Hull manager Steve Bruce was instrumental in convincing him to leave Tottenham Hotspur for the Premier League new boys, Sky Sports has reported.

Huddlestone and his Tottenham teammate, Jake Livermore, left White Hart Lane for Hull on Wednesday, Huddlestone moving on a permanent deal with Livermore joining on a season-long loan. Huddlestone admitted he had started to grow frustrated at Spurs, having missed out regularly due to injuries and competition for places.

It’s been a frustrating couple of years at Tottenham whether it be [because of] injuries or team selection, the former Derby County midfielder said. “Hopefully I can come here, cement my place in the starting XI, and do well for the club.

I had a chance to speak to Steve Bruce and I liked his ideas, his role for me within the team, and what he wants the team to do and the way he wants them to play. Once I’d spoken to him my mind was made up really.

Huddlestone had been a Tottenham player since 2005, spending time on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers but making almost 150 appearances for the London club. He also has four England caps to his name and says that while it was a difficult decision to leave, it was one he had to make.

It was a very difficult decision [to leave Spurs]. Having been at Tottenham for eight years and with the club in the situation they are now, it was a very difficult decision to make, but one based on footballing reasons,” the 26-year-old said.

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