Whether fans think Steve Bruce under-achieved at Hull City last season finishing in 16th place in the Barclays Premier League and just four points above the drop zone, leading the team to their first ever European campaign isn't something to be ignored.

The Tigers were rewarded with their spot in Europe by finishing runners-up in the FA Cup final against Arsenal last month.

Entering Europe means City will start the 2014/15 season by playing their first qualifying leg on July 31 with the return leg on August 7 and the new Premier League season commencing on August 16.

But the 53-year-old's side are convinced they will manage will the additional fixtures.

Despite returning to training just three weeks after their Wembley appearance, defender Liam Rosenior told Sky Sports News he is looking forward to Europe.

"You have aspirations to have a great career and part of that is playing in European games," he said.

"It's fantastic for Hull, it's the first time we have been involved in European competition, we had a good season last year and it gives us something to look forward to next season," he added.

Meanwhile midfielder Tom Huddlestone beleives the task isn't going to be straightforward however.

He said: "I think it will be difficult going into the games at the end of July, it is something nobody is used to, but these days the lads even in the off-season have to prepare themselves fitness-wise ready for the pre-season.

"A few years ago you would use the pre-season to get all your fitness, nowadays the lads have got to do it in their off-season and come back relatively fit," he added.

The draw for the Europa League qualifiying round is 23 June.

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