Derby County have completed Tom Huddlestone’s homecoming in a £2m deal from Hull City.
The 30-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the option of a further year, after
Huddlestone has revealed Hull came in with a late offer to try and keep the midfielder but he says his now former club were simply too late.
Huddlestone said: “Once Derby had activated (the release clause), Hull decided to come and, to be fair, if they came maybe three weeks ago before Derby were interested I’d have happily stayed there.
“But once I got wind of serious interest from Derby, and the manager wanting me to bring me back here, it was a no brainer.
“When I left (Derby) I was very young and it was a club like Tottenham driving me there. When I left I said I’d like to come back at some stage and thankfully I’ve had the chance.”
Huddlestone left the Rams for Tottenham in June 2005 after coming through the academy at Pride Park and making his senior derby at just 16 years old.
He went on to make almost 100 appearances for the Rams before joining Tottenham, where he made almost 200 appearances and broke into the England side.
Huddlestone made 23 Premier League starts as Hull were relegated from the top flight last season, having made the move from Spurs in 2013 for £5m.