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Kilbane seals Tigers switch

Left-sided midfielder arrives for an undisclosed fee

By James Dall.   Last Updated: 15/01/09 4:27pm

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Kilbane: Tigers move

Kilbane: Tigers move

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Hull City have completed the transfer of Kevin Kilbane from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

Kilbane has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the KC Stadium after passing a medical in East Yorkshire.

The 32-year-old had struggled for regular first-team football at Wigan and moves to Hull as manager Phil Brown aims to bolster his ranks for the second half of the campaign.

Brown said: "He is 31 years old; he has got 90-odd internationals. He has been a credit to the game at the highest level. That kind of experience is priceless to us at the moment."

Kilbane told Wigan's official website: "I want to thank everybody at Wigan. I have really enjoyed my time here, and the club is definitely moving in the right direction. I'd also like to thank the Wigan fans who have always been very supportive."

Latics boss Steve Bruce said: "'Killer' was out of contract in the summer, and on a financial level it makes sense.

"On a football level, I'm disappointed to lose a very experienced squad member in Kevin and a true professional in every sense. But I feel we are well stocked on the left-hand side area, and we left it up to Kevin to make the final decision.

"Kevin has been a really valued member of the team, never given less than 100 per cent and sets a terrific example in the dressing room.

"However, at his age, I can understand he wants to be playing regularly - something which we have not been able to offer him of late. He goes with all our best wishes."

Meanwhile, understands Kilbane's Republic of Ireland compatriot Steve Finnan, who currently plays for Espanyol, could be on the verge of signing for the Tigers.

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