Last week, Hull City announced the signings of Robbie Brady and David Meyler from Manchester United and Sunderland respectively.

The Irish duo joined for undisclosed fees thought to be in the region of a combined £3.5million.

Both players have been on loan with the Tigers, with Meyler having worked previously with Hull boss Steve Bruce during their time together at Sunderland.

The news was greeted with much delight from Tigers fans on social network sites, and many were praising the City owners for making these significant funds available.

It is a major statement of intent from the Tigers as they look to cement their place in the automatic promotion positions in the Championship.

Both players have represented the Republic of Ireland at international level and have fitted into Bruce's 3-5-2 formation comfortably - a system that has worked very well for the City boss.

Brady was on loan at the KC Stadium last season when he operated as a winger under former managers Nigel Pearson and subsequently Nick Barmby. This season, playing under Bruce, Brady has shown an increasing maturity defensively whilst still delivering quality crosses into the box. He is also heavily involved in set-pieces.

Meyler has slotted into the Hull midfield with ease and has looked a quality addition. The midfielder has found the net for City and been involved in setting up goals for others, whilst settling in neatly along side Corry Evans in the City engine room. His towering header against local rivals Leeds United has already earned him a place in many City fans' hearts.

With Bruce still on the look out for a goalkeeper and striker to add to his squad, this looks unlikely to be the end of City's January transfer activity.

Frazier Campbell may be the striker Bruce looks to bring in from his former club Sunderland. Back in 2008, it was the loan signing of Campbell that helped catapult the Tigers into the Premier League for the first time, could it happen again?

The new signings both played 90 minutes in Hull's shock defeat at the hands of struggling Sheffield Wednesday at the KC Stadium on Saturday, as Bruce's side went down 3-1.

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