No nepotism worries for Bruce

Hull City defender has no concerns about playing under his dad

Alex Bruce: Defender has no problem playing under his dad after signing a deal with Hull City

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Hull City new boy Alex Bruce insists he is not worrying about the pressure of being the manager's son following his move to the KC Stadium.

Bruce was released by Leeds United at the end of last term and spent pre-season training with the Tigers before signing a two-year contract at the start of the week.

He will now be playing under his father Steve for the Championship club, but it is not a situation that concerns the versatile defender.

"I've had it all my life," Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail. "When I signed for Ipswich it was people asking how I was going to cope with being the son of a Norwich legend.


"When I signed for Leeds it was 'how's he going to cope with being a former Manchester United player's son?'.

"I've had circumstances before where the spotlight's been put on me because of who my dad is, and I suppose that will be the same here.

"But it's always been water off a duck's back. I don't spend time thinking about it, my only focus is on playing well for my team. Once I cross the white line all that criticism means nothing.

"I wondered if the lads would take to me with the situation as it is but to be fair, they've been great.

"I've been treated like one of their own, not the manager's son. That's the way I'd always like it to be. Because the lads have been so good with me, that's one of the big reasons why it felt like the right move."