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Huddlestone has no regrets

Hull City's record signing Tom Huddlestone has no regrets about making the decision to quit Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

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Tom Huddlestone: Has impressed with Hull City this season

Tom Huddlestone: Has impressed with Hull City this season

Huddlestone joined the East Yorkshire outfit in a near £6million deal and he has flourished so far under Steve Bruce.

"It would have been easier to stay at Tottenham," Huddlestone told the Independent.

"I still had a couple of years left on my contract, so I could have sat there and played maybe every fifth or sixth game, with the amount of competitions they were involved in. But I just wanted to play as regularly as possible.

"Every player will tell you if you have confidence it adds an extra 20-25 per cent to your game."

Huddlestone admits he did not sit down with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas to discuss his future.

"I didn't have that much dialogue with the manager regarding what would be happening this season," he continued.

"I just knew there was a couple of clubs interested and when Tottenham accepted the bids it was clear what their thoughts were on the situation."

Shocked

Huddlestone was one of a number of names sold on at Spurs as the club looked to remould in the summer, and he admits many were shocked by the decisions.

"It's a business nowadays. Since I've been at Tottenham, it seems Daniel Levy either offers you a new contract or they sell once you have a couple of years left [on a contract]," he said.

"Having not started so many games last season, and having players like Sandro coming back to full fitness, it was fairly straightforward for the club to cash in on me."

"A lot of it was a shock - Scotty Parker [who went to Fulham], whenever he was fit, he seemed to play. Steven Caulker has played 30-plus games, been capped by England and is 21, so that was a bit of a surprise. Jake was similar to myself, hadn't played much last season. We both just wanted to go out and play week-in, week-out in the Premier League."

Huddlestone admits that the Spurs philosophy of looking at young British talent has perhaps disappeared.

"The manager has put his own print on the squad, and has got rid of quite a few English or British players," he said.

"He is within his rights to do that, but the philosophy from when I first signed has totally gone through a 180-degree change."

Such has been Huddlestone's start to the season many were shocked when he was left out of England's squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland.

"Throughout the years, England have had [similar types of players] but it is whether or not the manager at the time has wanted to play that type. Glenn Hoddle probably should have had double the caps he got. Matt Le Tissier [should have played more]," he said.

"Michael Carrick should have double the number of caps he has. He has played regularly at Manchester United for the last seven years, Champions League finals, Premier League titles, but he has 20-odd [29] caps. It doesn't make sense. But if you want to keep possession there is no one better than Michael Carrick."

Meanwhile, Huddlestone has reiterated that he will not cut his hair until he scores his next goal.

His last strike was in April 2011 against Arsenal and as a charity bet he has promised not to cut it until he finds the back of the net and he has already raised over £12,000 for charity.

"After that it will come off, as soon as my barber is available - that's if he's still speaking to me," he joked.

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