Steve Bruce is pleased with the transfer dealings that he has been able to complete this summer, as he prepares to charge of Hull City in the Premier League for the first time.

The former Sunderland boss has been busy, trying to bolster a squad that was notorious for not scoring too many goals in the Championship.

That worry instigated the arrival of forwards Danny Graham and Yannick Sagbo, whilst most recent recruits Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore takes Hull's summer signings into double figures.

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside, the manager declared: "Overall, I'm delighted with what we've done.

"I've managed to get in all of the players who were at the top of my shopping list."

Bruce is no stranger to managing newly-promoted sides, and his experience of sustaining Birmingham City's top flight status will be invaluable during the upcoming Premier League campaign.

And, after just 12 months in the job, the gaffer is starting to plan ahead for the long-term future and direction of the East Yorkshire club.

"We've got to stay up but when you look at it 47 teams have competed in the Premier League in the last 22 years and only eight have been there all the time," he added.

"My aim is to say how long can we stay in here, get bigger and better and compete at the top end of the table.

"There's a crackle and a buzz about the place at the moment and we need to try and keep that.

"There'll be times through the season where fans will be questioning decisions and I'll be questioning myself. The league is intense and demanding but it's the only place to be."

New sides often have baptisms of fire into the Premier League, but with Steve Bruce at the helm, the Tigers will at least be in safe hands.

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