Steve Bruce says he is pleased with his business in the transfer market so far this summer, despite a set-back to his plans in the last 24 hours.
The Tigers pulled out of a deal to sign Burnley striker Charlie Austin late on Monday night after scan results during a medical raised concerns, meaning that Bruce’s search for a new striker will now take a different path.
However, the City manager has been busy over the last couple of weeks in recruiting Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies and Maynor Figueroa as well as turning last season’s loan signings Ahmed Elmohamady and George Boyd into permanent additions to his squad.
And while more newcomers will be added before the new Barclays Premier League season kicks-off in a little under six weeks time, Bruce is happy with his squad strengthening so far.
“So far, we’ve brought in three quality players to add to the existing squad,” said Bruce.
“We’ll be doing our best to add more to that and we aren’t finished yet by any stretch of the imagination. We’ll keep working away at it.
“We’ve also turned a couple of last season’s loans into permanent deals in Ahmed and George and that was important.
“Elmohamady was our Player of the Year last season, so the first piece of important business was to get his transfer over the line and we did that, in the same way that we secured Brady and Meyler midway through last season.
“We’re very pleased with what we’ve got so far. We’ll add one or two more to make us bigger, stronger and better, and to make us better equipped for the challenge ahead.”
Speaking in more detail about the quest for a new striker, Bruce said: “We’re disappointed with what happened with Charlie (Austin) on Monday, of course we are.
“It’s disappointing for us, but we’re more disappointed for Charlie, believe me. It was an awful situation for him to find himself in and we do wish him all the best.”
As well as looking at further strengthening of his squad, Bruce is also busy overseeing the first few days of pre-season training with the players having returned from their summer break.
Bruce himself has also enjoyed a summer break, one spent looking forward to Premier League football.
“I’ve had a great summer, although a manager’s work is never done because the phone never stops ringing,” added Bruce.
“But it’s been a good break and now we’ve got a big challenge ahead. We are where we want to be and we’re all in the game to be at the top level.
“The season is getting closer and it’s less than six weeks away. I’m sure everybody is just as excited about it as we are and as I am, and is relishing what will be the biggest challenge we have had for a long time.”