Noel Hunt spoke to iFollow Latics for the first time today after completing a move to the DW Stadium.
- Striker signs a deal with the club until the end of the 2017/18 season.
- Former Republic of Ireland international has featured in pre-season games for Latics.
- "The big thing is for this club to go in the right direction" - Noel Hunt
Noel Hunt says he’ll do whatever it takes for Latics to be successful this season and make an immediate return to the second tier after signing for the club earlier today.
The experienced forward has signed a deal until the end of the season with Latics, having been a part of Paul Cook’s Portsmouth side last year.
Hunt has been on trial with the club during the summer, and has appeared in games against Notts County and Chorley, scoring three goals in the process.
The 34-year-old told iFollow Latics: “It’s been going really good here so far. The boys look good but there’s obviously a lot of work to be done and I’m just looking forward to getting involved with that.
“I’ve had plenty of chats with the manager and I knew what was going on the whole time, so I’m just delighted that it’s all done now and I can properly get going.”
Hunt was full of praise for manager Cook, who he says has brought a real energy and a positivity since his arrival at the club.
“What you see is what you get with the manager. He’s full of energy and is a positive manager who wants to play football the right way. The boys have all taken to him really well.
“The players all appreciate his honesty, and his track record is pretty impressive as well so we’re all hoping he can continue that here.”
The former Reading man believes a strong team spirit is key for Latics this season if they are to be successful.
“There’s a good bunch of boys here and we’ve got a lot of jokers too, so for me it’s a massive part of having a good dressing room. I tend to find that you’ll run further for your mate than you will for a stranger so the tighter we are the better it will be.
“The lads who are here were in the Championship last season and I played at that level myself for about seven or eight years so I know how tough it is. A lot of the boys have now had a taste of that level and we want to get back to it as soon as possible. The only way we’ll be able to do that though is if we work hard together.”
Hunt says he thrives as a team player and is looking forward to the challenge of helping Latics to get back into the Championship.
“I’m a bit of an all-rounder really. I can play as a target man or in behind but I like the fact that I’m a team player the most. I’ll do whatever is necessary for this team to win. The big thing is for this club to go in the right direction."