Alex Bruce 'surprised' by Shane Long's move to Southampton

Hull's Alex Bruce in action against Peterborough during a friendly match on July 29, 2013
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Hull City defender Alex Bruce says that he was surprised at Shane Long's move to Southampton, and expects the 27-year-old frontman to do well against his former club today.

Hull City defender Alex Bruce has admitted that he was "a little bit surprised" when Southampton came in for former Tigers striker Shane Long this summer.

The Saints paid a fee reported to be close to £12m for the Republic of Ireland international, and Bruce believes that it turned out to be a good deal for both clubs.

"I was a little bit surprised [when Long left]," the Yorkshire Post quote Bruce as saying. "He is a good player and Southampton paid a lot of money for him.

"Obviously, we felt the price was right to let him go and I think it was a good opportunity for Shane. It was good all round because he has gone there and done well. I am sure he's enjoying it.

"Shane did do a good job for us. He is a good player and we know his strengths. He's very quick, very direct. He did well in our game against West Brom, his old club, when he first came here, so I'm sure he'll be looking to do the same again. Hopefully, we can stop him."

Nikica Jelavic, Michael Dawson and Robert Snodgrass are all long-term absentees for Hull, and goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Steve Harper are also ruled out through injury and will miss the game.

Graziano Pelle of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on September 13, 2014
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