Steve Bruce has squashed any rumours of him potentially leaving Hull City as he announced his intention to remain at the Yorkshire club with a statement to the press on Friday.
"A transfer and wage budget has been set"
After gaining promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt, Bruce announced that he was "considering his options" following unrest surrounding owner Assem Allam's intention to sell the club. After England's dismal display in France at Euro 2016 and the subsequent departure of Roy Hodgson, Bruce was touted for the vacant role. Yet the former defender announced on Friday that his concerns had been resolved following "contact with the board of directors and other officials at the club on a regular basis".
Bruce also claimed that any rumours that he could not sign players during the transfer window were untrue and that "a transfer and wage budget had been set". With many of the players due back in training on Monday before the pre-season training camp in Portugal, Bruce prioritised securing the services of one of his key players for the next couple of seasons.
"I owe the manager a lot, I'm glad he's staying"
Former Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Tom Huddlestone penned a new contract keeping him at Hull for another two seasons, admitting "I owe the manager a lot, I'm glad he's staying". The new contract follows similar outcomes for Ahmed Elmohamady and Edin Jakupovic in recent days, whilst young goalkeeper Will Mannion has joined from AFC Wimbledon.
Yet Bruce and his squad will have a different stadium name to ply their services at this season. The KC stadium will now be known as the KCOM stadium, following the sponsors' decision to rebrand all of their strands under the same name. Two youngsters who won't see much of the Tigers' home this season are young talents Max Clark and Rory Watson who have joined Cambridge United and North Ferriby United respectively this week.