Tom Ince defends Hull City transfer

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In an interview with The Mirror Tom Ince has defended his decision to join Hull City over Italian giants Inter Milan.

Ince could have followed in his father's footsteps and signed a big money contract for the Italian club after spending last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

Ince ran out of contract at Blackpool making him available on a free but knew that regular first team football would be more useful for his development than sitting on a bench making substitute appearances for Inter Milan.

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Ince admitted it was a tough decision saying: "It was very close, I went out there and spent a good three or four days there.

“I went to the San Siro, the training ground and it was unbelievable to stand there in that environment. That’s an ambition of mine, but I don’t think you should jump the gun.

“You’ve got to realise that when you’re a young lad you have to educate yourself and make moves for the right reasons. That’s all that matters.

“At my age I have to think about football development. I’ve come here to be educated. Anyone can go to a status club and pick up five or six times more money than you could do in the UK, but I’m a footballing person. That’s why this move is right for me.”

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Ince claimed that Hull City manager Steve Bruce played a big part in his decision. He said: "Steve was key, he was massive in me wanting to come to Hull City.

“He’s known me for God knows how long and he’ll put the exact same pressures on me as he does all the lads.

“To be back with familiar faces is fantastic. He knows my talents and what I can give and I’m sure he’ll be looking to develop parts of my game. Now it’s about working hard and proving I can play at this level.”

Big call

This isn't the first big call Ince has had to make in his career. He chose to leave Liverpool as an 18-year-old and drop down the leagues in an attempt to gain first team football and crucial experience.

Ince joined Liverpool as a youth team player in 2008 and was handed a first-team squad number at the start of the 2010-11 season but didn't make a first team appearance.

The following season the youngster joined up with his father at Notts County on a short-term loan deal, Ince made six appearances and scored two goals at his time at the club.


In 2011 Ince made the decision to quit Liverpool and drop down to the Championship to play regular football at Blackpool.

Ince signed a two year deal where he became a first team regular making 100 appearances and scoring 31 goals for his side. The starlet spent the second half of last season on loan with Premiership side Crystal Palace but failed to make an impact.

Ince only made eight appearances, managing to score one goal but spoke out claiming he didn't fit with Tony Pulis' playing style, but admits to being much more excited about working with Steve Bruce.

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