The influence of Steve Bruce was key in luring Ahmed Elmohamady to Hull City, the Egyptian winger has revealed.
Bruce signed Elmohamady for Sunderland in 2010, and then brought the 25-year-old to the Tigers on loan at the start of the 2012-13 season.
Elmohamady went on to play a part in Hull's promotion to the Premier League, secured when the Tigers clinched second place in the Championship, and he subsequently made a permanent £2m move to the KC Stadium.
Initial doubts from Elmohamady about the risks of dropping down a division were calmed by Bruce, and the Egyptian is keen to repay the faith shown by the Tigers boss.
"I spoke with Brucey and told him it's a risk for me to go from the Premier League to the Championship," Elmohamady told The Independent.
"But because he is experienced he told me it's not a risk, it's good to play football again, to show everyone you're a good player and to show the manager of the national team. The Championship is not bad, it's a good league, very strong physically, just have a one-year loan and you will see after.
"I spoke with a lot of people - my agent, my wife, friends, and some people told me I had to think - but I took his advice. He was captain of Manchester United, he has a lot of brains and experience, and now I'm back in the Premier League.
"He is experienced, he knows everything, and he is right."