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Bruce eyes continued improvement

Hull boss Steve Bruce has spoken of his determination to establish a long-term legacy at the KC Stadium after agreeing a new contract with the club.

The 54-year-old will extend his stay into a fourth season after the Tigers used their official Twitter feed to announce details of the deal, which will be signed within the next 24 hours.

The former Sunderland boss took over as manager in the summer of 2012 and immediately got the club promoted back to the Premier League where they have stayed since.

And Bruce believes the most important task ahead is to ensure the strides made in recent years do not go to waste.

Bruce told the club's official YouTube channel: "I think the important thing for me now is to make sure we build the club as best we can and leave something in place that can always be Hull City, a Premier League football club.

"We've got to try to improve and the key thing for me was getting the backing of the owner to make sure we have an up-to-date training ground and an academy worthy of a Premier League club.

"I want to try, if we can, to have a few people from Hull in and around the first team squad.

"We've put a lot of work in over the last two and a half years and let's hope we can keep building it."

Bruce led the Tigers to the 2014 FA Cup final and looked well-placed for more success after bringing in big money signings such as Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame and Gaston Ramirez.

But he has endured a topsy-turvy second season in the top-flight and admitted he was under pressure after poor form over Christmas plunged the club towards the relegation zone.

At the same time, Bruce was forced to reject links to the then vacant manager's job at Newcastle, as well as give short shrift to suggestions he was poised to be handed a lucrative £15million deal by Fulham.

Bruce revealed the new deal had been on the table for some time but had been shelved in recent weeks due to his side's continued struggle.

He added: "The big thing for me is to stay in the Premier league so it (the new contract) has been sort of pushed aside.

"But once I've made the decision to stay then I'm delighted to do so.

"We've had a great two or three years and the big thing we need, of course, is to carry that on and that is my job."

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