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Out-of-favour Mills joins Hull City on two-month loan

Danny Mills has revealed he joined Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Hull on a two-month loan today after being told by Stuart Pearce he has no future at Manchester City.

The former England international has fallen out of favour at the Premiership outfit, making just one 10-minute substitute appearance this season.

Mills, whose right-back slot has been taken by City youngster Micah Richards, admitted the opportunity to play regular first-team football again was motivation enough to join the Championship's bottom club.

The 29-year-old should make his debut during tomorrow's visit of Sheffield Wednesday, and said: 'I was told fairly categorically that I wasn't going to play at Manchester City.

'I'm no different to any other player. I want to play regular first-team football and I'm very grateful to Hull for giving me that opportunity.

'I'm coming here for two months to start with, and if things go well that could be extended by another month, which I will be more than happy with.

'I've played in the Championship before with Norwich so playing in this league is not an issue in the slightest. I see it as a very exciting challenge and something I'm looking forward to.'

It is believed Hull with pay an unknown proportion of Mills' £30,000-a-week wages during the loan period.

The key to the deal being agreed stemmed from Mills' relationship with Tigers chairman and former Leeds director Adam Pearson.

'I know Adam from my time at Leeds and obviously I know him outside of football as well,' explained Mills.

'Really, the move was down to him and his persistence, and obviously also because of the manager, Phil Parkinson.'

Hull secured their first win of the season on Tuesday when Michael Bridges scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Leicester.

Mills feels the victory could kick-start the side's season ahead of the visit of Yorkshire rivals Wednesday.

He added: 'It was a great result for the club the other night. Obviously, up until then things have been a little bit shaky.

'I feel I can add a lot of experience having been around a bit. I think this is my sixth club now and I'm looking to come in here and do my best to make a difference.'

Hull will draw level with the Owls if they claim victory against Paul Sturrock's side.

Sturrock today signed an extension to his existing Hillsborough deal which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2010.

The 49-year-old Scot also celebrates his second anniversary in charge of the club this month.

Sturrock, who guided Wednesday to promotion in 2005, said: 'This has come after several weeks of negotiations and I'm absolutely delighted.

'I've always said I was totally committed to Sheffield Wednesday and its supporters, and that I wanted to extend my stay here.'

He added on the club's official website: 'I hope this news shows the extent of the solidarity between the chairman (Dave Allen) and myself, and that we can get back to talking about football, starting with tomorrow's game at Hull.'