AHMED ELMOHAMADY says former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is behind his success at Hull City this season.
The on-loan Sunderland winger was voted as Hull’s Player of the Year last weekend after helping the Tigers to the verge of a Premier League return after a three-year absence.
Bruce took Elmohamady to the KC Stadium last August after successfully concluding a two-month pursuit and although he returned to Wearside for a fortnight in January, the Egyptian resumed his stint in the Championship before the transfer window shut.
Elmohamady could remain with the Tigers beyond the summer, with a clause included in the loan deal to make it permanent, should Hull be promoted to the top flight.
And the 25-year-old says Bruce, who brought Elmohamady to Sunderland on an initial season-long loan from Egyptian club ENPPI in the summer of 2010, must take the credit for bringing the best out of him after the pair were reunited at Hull.
“It was a big decision for me to come here,” said Elmohamady.
“But I have to thank the manager for bringing me here. He was also the one that brought me over from Egypt to play in England.”
Hull will secure the second automatic promotion place alongside champions Cardiff City, if Bruce’s men win at second bottom Barnsley on Saturday.
And Elmohamady admits he is eager to end his loan spell with the Tigers on a high after being recognised in the club’s end of season awards.
“It has been a big season here,” added Elmohamady.
“I have to say thank you to my team-mates for helping me to win the award at the weekend and of course to the fans of Hull City for the support they have given me.
“I just hope that we can go on and get promoted at the weekend now.”