Derby County signing Kevin Kilbane looks for fresh start

Kevin Kilbane
Kilbane has 110 caps for the Republic of Ireland

Derby County's latest signing Kevin Kilbane says his time at Hull City is probably over but he is relishing the chance to prove himself at Pride Park.

The 34-year-old is in the final year of his deal with the Tigers and has joined the Rams on an initial six-month loan.

"It'd be difficult for Nigel Pearson [Hull boss] to accept me back into the fold," Kilbane told BBC Radio Derby.

"I left in January and they have signed 10 or 12 players since then. I knew it was the right thing for me to get out."

The versatile midfielder, who has won 110 international caps for the Republic of Ireland, said he is thrilled with the move, but added that although the switch could lead to a permanent deal, he is just focused on making a good impression.

"It's an initial loan move and I'm just happy to get up and running and join such a great club," Kilbane continued. "Everything is geared up towards Premier League football.

"I want to come in and prove myself. It's what you do on the pitch.

"I'm thinking short-term. I think I can do a good job and maybe I'll see what happens long-term but football can change very, very quickly.

"I feel good, I feel fit and strong but you have to prove it every day in training and on the pitch."

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