Loan deals key for the Tigers

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Steve Bruce believes Hull’s promotion prospects rest with what happens to his loan stars.

The Tigers improved their promotion credentials with a 2-1 over Derby at Pride Park on Friday night.

Goalkeeper David Stockdale returned to Fulham last week and play-maker David Meyler will now go back to Sunderland.

Manchester United duo Ben Amos and Robbie Brady and Sunderland’s Ahmed Elmohamady remain with the Tigers until the new year.

Bruce hopes he can keep them all until at least the end of the campaign.

“I don’t want to have to make too many changes to the squad so I hope we can keep them,” said Bruce.

“I want to keep them all. Hopefully, we can keep the group together and secure the loan deals until the end of the season, or even make some of them permanent.

“But it’s a difficult time in January so we will have to wait and see.”