Former Hull City defender Alex Bruce has signed for phoenix club Macclesfield FC, joining another ex-Tiger in James Berry at the Moss Rose.
Bruce announced his retirement from football in November last year having left Scottish club Kilmarnock in January and has now opted to make a return and join the Silkmen’s revival in non-league.
The 36-year-old had been training with the club and working as a mentor for Danny Whittaker’s first team, but has registered himself to become eligible for games in the North West Counties League.
During a fine career which saw him play more than 350 times, Bruce played for a host of clubs including Birmingham, Ipswich and Leeds United, though it was at City where he perhaps enjoyed his greatest success before an acrimonious exit saw him leave under a cloud.
Bruce, under the stewardship of his father, Steve – now manager of Newcastle United – guided the Tigers to the FA Cup final and promotion to the Premier League.
“Unfortunately the day that every footballer dreads has come,” said Bruce after confirming his retirement last year.
“The boots are being hung up and I am retiring from playing as of today. On the whole it has been an unbelievable 20 years since I left school at the age of 16 and I have had the privilege of playing for some great clubs.
“My time at Ipswich and Hull in particular hold very fond memories for me I am going to miss playing as it is without doubt the greatest job in the world.
“I’d like to thank my family, team-mates and coaches for all their support over the years and I now look forward to starting a new chapter.”