Oldham Sign Hunt Permanently
On Thursday, Rob Hunt completed his permanent transfer to Oldham.
Hunt was loaned to Oldham last season but saw an injury cut short his temporary spell. However, he did enough to impress the Latics and they've signed him permanently on a three year deal.
The fee for the academy graduate, who made eight first team appearances for Brighton following his debut last season, including three outings for Albion in the Checkatrade Trophy, wasn't revealed as this was simply put down as 'a permanent basis on undisclosed terms' on the Official Website.
A chance to play first team football is something Hunt, 22, had regularly asked Chris Hughton for but the Brighton boss couldn't provide this for him at the Amex Stadium.
However, Hughton's told the Official Website a move to Boundary Park will allow him to do this and he's wished Hunt well.
'Rob has been very keen to play regular senior football since I arrived at the club, and having had the experience with Oldham last season, this move provides him with that chance. He has spent a good amount of time with the first team over the past year, and his attitude and determination has always been excellent. He now has the opportunity to play regular football at a club he already knows well. It's a great opportunity for Rob and I would like to wish him all the very best for the future on behalf of everyone at the football club.'
Hunt doesn't have anything but thanks for the club following his departure.
Simon Rusk and Vic Bragg have come in for special praise for the part they played in Hunt's development over the years with the defender also admitting he was 'quite lucky' to get his first team chance at Brighton, which of course only came after the hard work he put in initially.
He told the Official Website: 'I can't thank them [Simon and Vic] enough and it feels like I`ve known them for longer than five or six years. Seeing them every day, learning off them and seeing how good their coaching is, has made me into a better player. I would say I was quite lucky [breaking into the first team], but it`s just about putting in the hard work, being patient and doing the right things day in, day out. You do need a bit of luck, but hopefully it just falls into place and luckily enough for me, it did.'
Thanking Hughton he added: 'I can`t thank him enough for giving me that opportunity and moving me up to the first team. I am very grateful to him giving me the chance to play and train with the first team every day. It`s unfortunate that I have to move on, but that`s football and I`d like to say thanks not just to him, but to all the staff and everyone at the club. I`ve been there for a long time, come up through the ranks and wish everyone all the best.'
Now Hunt moves onto the next chapter in his career at League One club Oldham, where he should play week-in-week-out as the full back looks to push on in his footballing career.
Already targeting a Championship return with the Latics he feels his new club can push for promotion this season.
Hunt said: 'I am delighted to get a three-year deal and it`s the security that every player needs at our age, but the main thing is having an opportunity to play games. It`s now down to me to try and get into the team and make whatever position I play my own. I want to help the team out as much as possible and make it better than last season where we were down near the bottom. We want to be up near the top fighting for a play-off place.'