Bruce happy with deal for son

Hull City manager feels defender is a good free transfer

Alex Bruce: Former Leeds defender has agreed a two-year contract to join Hull City

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Steve Bruce is confident his son Alex will be a 'very good free transfer' for Hull City and expects the defender to handle the pressure of playing for him.

Former Leeds United stopper Bruce has been training with the Tigers for the past three weeks and was also a target for several other clubs.

The 27-year-old previously worked with his dad at Birmingham City and the club have confirmed he has agreed a two-year contract at the KC Stadium.

Tigers boss Bruce is aware the signing could attract some negative headlines, but he believes the deal makes sense for all concerned.

"Nepotism is the word that will always crop up, and you have to think about that, but he's at an age where he can handle it. I'm sure it won't be a problem."

Steve Bruce

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"Of course it puts a bit of pressure on him being the manager's son, but he's played in the Championship for a long time and enjoyed a good career at this level," Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail.

"Nepotism is the word that will always crop up, and you have to think about that, but he's at an age where he can handle it. I'm sure it won't be a problem.

"When you look at what's going around on the Bosman market, he makes a very good free transfer.

"Defensively, in terms of numbers, we're a bit thin with the injury to Liam Rosenior and Jack Hobbs out until Christmas.

"It's imperative that you have cover in the right areas and Alex can fill in anywhere along the back line.

"He's 27 and he'll handle this division. He's at the peak of his career and looks in good shape. I'm sure he'll be a decent acquisition."