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Long's Irish Influence

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13:48 21st January 2014

Shane Long says Hull City’s large Irish contingent played their part in convincing him that a move to the KC Stadium would be the right one to make.

Long joined the Tigers from West Bromwich Albion on a three-and-a-half year deal last week and joins Republic of Ireland international colleagues Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, David Meyler and Stephen Quinn in Steve Bruce’s squad.

Before putting pen to paper on his deal, Long admits he sought the advice of the Irish quartet and was left in no doubt about where he wanted to be.

“I got in touch with the boys and asked them about the club, the manager, training and other things,” said Long.

“They only had good things to say about everything and they’re all enjoying their time with the club.

“It’s an exciting time here with it being the first season back in the Premier League. The team has shown they are good enough to be here and now they’re adding to the squad. Hopefully we can move the club in the right direction.”

Former Hull City goalkeeper Boaz Myhill also offered positive words to Long. Colleagues at West Brom, Long spoke to Myhill about his experience in East Yorkshire.

“Boaz had good things to say as well,” added Long.

“He was telling me about the area and where he lived in Kirk Ella. Learning about the area was a big factor for me because I want my family to settle here as well. If I’m happy at home, I’ll be happy on the pitch so hopefully that part will be settled quickly and I can concentrate on my football.”

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