Honduras' Figueroa signs with Hull City

HULL, England -- Honduran international Maynor Figueroa on Monday signed a two-year contract with newly promoted Hull City in the English Premier League.

The defender, who is not able to play for Honduras during recent World Cup qualifiers due to a groin injury, wanted to remain in the EPL after Wigan Athletic was relegated this past season. Only weeks prior to being demoted to the English Championship, Wigan won the first FA Cup in its history.

The out of contract 30-year-old Figueroa will be reunited with Hull manager Steve Bruce, who signed the Honduran while he was with the Latics' in 2008.

"When the team were playing the final few games in the Championship, I paid close attention to the results because I wanted Steve Bruce to achieve promotion," Figueroa said. "I was happy for him to earn the success. He is a great manager and I'm looking forward to working with him again.

"I watched the Cardiff game and after the final whistle, I turned to my wife and said, 'Hull could be an option for me next year.' "

Figueroa added: "I'm happy to be here and to be a part of the club. It is a big challenge for me, but it's certainly one I'm looking forward to."

While at Wigan, Figueroa made 200 appearances (including 179 in the EPL) and scored six goals.

He last played for the club against visiting Tottenham Hotspur in April, before incurring a groin injury that brought a premature end to his season.

Figueroa has donned the Honduran jersey in 95 international matches, scoring two goals.