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Watkiss delighted with new development job at Hull City

Stuart Watkiss is delighted with his move to Hull City.

Watkiss has been named new the Tigers' new Development Coach and told the club's website: "I've heard a lot of good things about the young lads at the club. I've known Billy Russell (City's Head of Youth) for a long time and with the lads having come through under his coaching and that of Neil Mann, I know they have been brought up the right way. I'm looking forward to working with them.

"The move from youth team to first team squad is a critical time in a player's development. They are coming out of the youth system and in a way, they have a lot of security in there because they are looked after. The drop-out rate at that age is really high across the board.

"We want to give the lads the maximum opportunity to kick-on (after progressing from the youth team) and from a purely selfish point of view, we're very eager to see them kick-on. Ideally, we want to see them getting into the first team."

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