Leicester City's new signing Alex Bruce says he jumped at the opportunity to join the club, and is now itching to make his Foxes' debut against Blackpool.

The Republic of Ireland international signed for City on deadline day and the 25 year old says it wasn't long before that, that he became aware of Leicester's interest.

"Roy Keane pulled me in last Friday morning and gave me the opportunity of staying at Ipswich or coming to Leicester. I just felt that the time was right for a change and a new challenge.

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I'm just looking forward to pulling the shirt on now and hopefully doing good things."

Bruce has only made one appearance for Ipswich this year, after missing much of the season with a groin injury. The defender now believes he is in good shape ahead of Leicester's battle for the play-offs.

"I'm feeling fit and strong and hopefully in the second half of the season I can get some good games under my belt with Leicester and see where it takes us."

Former Birmingham City defender Bruce says he has been impressed by the way his new club have adapted to life in the Championship after winning promotion from League One last season.

"I think they've done very well, the enthusiasm and the success they had last season has taken them into the season and they've hit the ground running.

When I got the call I was delighted to take up the opportunity and come and meet up with a great set of lads."

Bruce trained with his new team-mates for the first time this morning, and goes straight into the squad for the trip to Blackpool.