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Ince keen to make top-flight impact

Hull forward Tom Ince hopes to prove his worth in the Barclays Premier League in the next couple of years.

Ince, who joined the Tigers from Blackpool this summer, is considered one of the brightest young talents in the country.

The 22-year-old was named the Football League Young Player of the Year in 2013 after scoring 18 goals for Blackpool in the Championship.

Ince spent five months on loan at Crystal Palace last season but struggled to establish himself under Tony Pulis and made only five league starts.

"It's vital for me that I settle here at Hull, these are a couple of big years for me," Ince said.

"When I got off the phone with Steve Bruce and met the people here and the rest of the lads I knew it was the place for me to be.

"Now I can find my feet, enjoy a good Premier League season and I have personal ambitions for myself.

"I want to score goals in the Premier League and prove to people and myself that I can mix it in this league.

"It's early days but it's a 38-game season - even more with the Europa League - so hopefully there will be plenty of chances for me to show what I can do."

Hull have so far brought in five players this summer, four of whom are British.

As well as Ince, Jake Livermore, 24, Robert Snodgrass, 26, and Andrew Robertson, 20, have all arrived at the KC Stadium.

"It shows the route we are going down - we are bringing through young British players to come in and work hard," Ince said.

"When you look beyond the pitch you have to have a strong togetherness and we have that in the dressing room.

"We look after each other and the gaffer has brought in some good players.

"Andy Robertson has come from Dundee, he is only 20 years old and he has done fantastic."

Bruce's side began the Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory at QPR on Saturday thanks to James Chester's second-half header.

Hull finished four points clear of the relegation places last term but may find it harder this season given their involvement in the arduous Europa League.

The Tigers travel to Belgium on Thursday to play KSC Lokeren in the first leg of a qualification play-off tie, before returning to host Stoke on Sunday.

"We have great depth in this team now because we know we are going to be fighting on a lot of fronts," Ince said.

"To be in that tournament with this club is massive, it's the first time in their history.

"We play a strong Belgian side on Thursday but we have strength in depth and ability in all areas.

Ince added: "It's massive to mix it with the big boys and against the big teams.

"To play in Europe, Champions League or Europa league, is a fantastic opportunity."