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At 11:08 this morning, Hull City announced that the club would not be offering defender Alex Bruce a new deal.
It was your standard end of season routine. The club confirmed it's yearly 'retained' and 'released' list via their website and everybody nodded in either agreement or disagreement.
But for Alex Bruce, it was more shock than disappointment.
To put his release into perspective, Bruce made a total of 104 appearances for the club and helped the team clinch promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13 and 2015/16.
He spent a total of five years at Hull City and was regarded as a key player throughout that time period.
So what If I told you that Bruce wasn't even aware that Hull would not be offering him a new deal come June?
Well, this actually happened and Bruce took to Twitter shortly after the club announced it's decision to release the 32-year-old.
@ tweeted the following on Wednesday morning:
:bookmark_tabs: ' Alex Bruce heads a list of players who will leave @HullCity once their contracts expire at the end of June https://t.co/GpE0NYf4E0 pic.twitter.com/9WpdRPmGut
- Hull City (@HullCity) May 24, 2017
Over an hour later, Bruce replied: "Thanks for letting me know!! All the best..."
Scottish Premiership side Motherwell then took advantage of the situation by offering Bruce a 'nine year contract', but apologised for 'not telling him...':
We're pleased to announce the signing of @AlexBruce84 on a 9-year deal :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Sorry, we also forgot to tell you Alex!! :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes::innocent:https://t.co/Y5RS303BTe
- Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) May 24, 2017
It didn't stop there.
Bruce replied to Motherwell saying: "See you in pre-season!'
:joy::joy: see you for Pre Season!!!! https://t.co/Q8TkQwxFYh
- Alex Bruce (@AlexBruce84) May 24, 2017
Former QPR player Marc Bircham then chipped in with his own story.
During his spell at the club, Bircham and former teammate Danny Shittu found out that they were transfer listed while watching Sky Sports News:
@AlexBruce84 Like when me and @danshittu found out we were put on transfer list watching @SkySportsNewsHQ in QPR canteen cause the club needed the money:joy:
- Marc Bircham (@marcbircham) May 24, 2017
Madness. I'm sure Bruce will quickly find a new club, but that was a Twitter moment for the ages.
It turns out Bruce did know about leaving - he clearly just wanted to make things a little awkward:
Alex Bruce and his faux outrage of being released by Twitter............... He's the one who said it first.... pic.twitter.com/VmyeGh687F- Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) May 24, 2017
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