Allan McGregor says the passionate outlook of manager Steve Bruce and the opportunity to play in the top flight of English football were two key factors in him signing for Hull City.
The former Glasgow Rangers stopper agreed a three-year deal with the Tigers on Tuesday morning and was quick to detail why he has swapped Turkish club Besiktas for the East Riding of Yorkshire.
“I’ve had a few chats with the manager here and I really had belief and confidence in what he was saying about the club,” said McGregor.
“The chance to play in the Premier League is also a massive thing and I can’t wait to get started here.
“I got a call a while ago about the interest from Hull City and things progressed from there. Holidays stalled things a little bit, as they do at this time of year, but everything is done now and I’m just really happy to be here.
“I kept an eye on what was going on back here while I was playing in Turkey and I actually watched the last few minutes of Hull City’s game against Cardiff on the final day of the season – it was exciting.
“Now we’ve got the excitement of the Premier League to look forward to. I’ve seen we’re playing Chelsea in our first game and that is a game I’m sure everybody will be looking forward to.”
McGregor will join up with his new team-mates for the first time when pre-season training gets underway on Thursday and the goalkeeper can’t wait to get back to work.
“This is probably the first and last time in my career that I’ll say I can’t wait for the first day of pre-season training,” added McGregor.
“I’m looking forward to meeting all of the boys. I already know Sone Aluko from when we played together at Rangers, so it will be nice to see him again.
“It will be great to get to know the rest of the lads and, like I said, I can’t wait to get started.”