Tom Huddlestone has signed a two-year contract which will keep him at Hull City until the summer of 2018.
The super-skilled ex-England midfielder, who is 30 at the end of this year, put pen to paper on the very day he became a free agent after his previous contract expired.
Huddlestone, who joined for £5m from Spurs in the summer of 2013 after City’s last promotion to the Premier League, has made more than 100 League appearances for the Tigers with mixed results, occasionally showing why he is so highly-rated as a creative force while also drifting out of games and even going entirely missing.
However, it was clear that if he didn’t stay at City, another Premier League club would regard him as a sound investment, and his retention means that City have real experience of the top division at the helm of the midfield, with Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Mohamed Diamé all well versed in playing at the highest level.
City had always promised Huddlestone a new contract if the club were promoted back to the Premier League, and the midfielder made encouraging noises about accepting the new terms following the play-off final victory over Sheffield Wednesday, though he went immediately on holiday with his family after the game. He will now fly out with the rest of the squad to Portugal on Monday to begin pre-season training.
Huddlestone’s fresh terms mean that all of City’s out of contract players in 2016 have been either re-signed or freed, with Ahmed Elmohamady and Eldin Jakupović staying at the club and Ryan Taylor and Sone Aluko departing.
Manager Steve Bruce, who has been touted as an outside bet for the vacant England position, has also issued a statement pledging his future to City. This is despite prolonged uncertainty over who the owners will be, with the Allams still in control as rumours persist of whether they ever intend to make good their promise to sell up.