Kilbane completes Hull switch

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Hull have completed the signing of winger Kevin Kilbane from Wigan for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at the KC Stadium after passing a medical.

Kilbane, who had fallen down the pecking order at Wigan, could make his Hull debut in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Arsenal.

Kilbane is Hull's first signing of the January transfer window, but more are set to follow as boss Phil Brown looks to strengthen his squad.

Former Preston, Sunderland, Everton and West Brom player Kilbane offers experience and balance on the left side of midfield and can also play left-back.

He made 84 appearances for Wigan after moving to the JJB Stadium in 2006, scoring two goals, but he has struggled to earn a place in Steve Bruce's side this term.

Nevertheless, he says he leaves on good terms.

Kilbane told Wigan's website, www.wiganlatics.co.uk: "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."

Bruce also paid tribute to Kilbane but did not want to stand in the player's way.

He 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% 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."

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