Jack Hunt (footballer)

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Jack Hunt
Personal information
Full name Jack Paul Hunt
Date of birth (1990-12-06) 6 December 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Rothwell, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
Number 32
Youth career
1999–2010 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Huddersfield Town 104 (2)
2009–2010 Grays Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2010–2011 Chesterfield (loan) 20 (0)
2013–2016 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
2014 Barnsley (loan) 11 (0)
2014 Nottingham Forest (loan) 17 (0)
2015 Rotherham United (loan) 16 (0)
2015 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 19 (0)
2016– Sheffield Wednesday 40 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:00, 17 March 2017 (UTC).


Jack Paul Hunt (born 6 December 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Sheffield Wednesday. Though primarily a right back, Hunt can also play on the right of midfield.

Career[edit]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Having joined up with Huddersfield Town at the age of nine, Hunt went through the club's academy system, starting in May 2008[1] and signed his first professional contract with the club in April 2009.[2]

Having previously appeared as an unused substitute for Lee Clark's first team on four occasions throughout the 2009–10 season at Huddersfield Town,[3] Hunt signed a contract extension with Huddersfield Town in March 2010.[4]

After his loan spell at Chesterfield came to an end, Hunt made his Huddersfield debut as a substitute in the 0–0 draw against Colchester United at the Galpharm Stadium on 22 January 2011.[5] He then made his first start for the club in their 2–1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup on 30 January 2011,[6] which was then followed by his first league start in the 2–0 win over Carlisle United on 1 February 2011.[7] He scored his first goal for the club against Peterborough United on 9 April 2011, in the last minute to salvage a 1–1 draw.[8] Hunt finished the 2010–11 season, making twenty appearance for the club.

Hunt's first start in the 2011–12 season came against Port Vale in the League Cup on 9 August 2011. He scored with a 25-yard shot to put Huddersfield 3–1 up - they won 4–2 on the night.[9] His first league start of the season came four days later in a 2–2 draw away at Rochdale on 13 August 2011.[10] He scored his first league goal of the 2011–12 season against Leyton Orient on 24 September, he made the score 2–0 with a shot from 20 yards – the game ended 2–2.[11] Due to his overall performance of the course of the season, Hunt, along with his teammate Jordan Rhodes, were voted into the PFA League 1 Team of the Year.[12] Hunt scored his third goal of the season on 12 May 2012, in Huddersfield's play-off semi-final away victory over Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK giving Huddersfield a 2–0 win going into the second leg.[13] He then played the full 90minutes plus extra time in the final as Huddersfield Town went on to win promotion after an 8-7 penalty shoot-out win over fellow Yorkshire club Sheffield United with Hunt scoring the 17th penalty of the shootout.[14] Following the club’s promotion to the Championship, Hunt signed a one-year contract extension.[15]

Ahead of the 2012–13 season, Hunt began to attracted interests from clubs, such as, Fulham.[16] Hunt made his first start of the season in the opening round of the League Cup in the 2-0 away deft at Preston North End on Monday 13 August 2012, this was then followed by his first league game of the season away at Cardiff in Huddersfield's first game in the Football League Championship for 11 years in a 1-0 away loss.[17] Hunt gave an impressive display in his first home game of 2012-13 winning an injury time penalty which Jordan Rhodes scored to give Huddersfield a 1-1 draw on 21 August 2012.[18] Hunt was also named in Sky Sports team of the week on 23 August for his performance in Huddersfield first two games of the league campaign.[19] Then, Hunt was given a straight red card and an abusive language towards referee Graham Scott during a 4–0 loss against Millwall[20] and injured his hamstring during a match against Bolton Wanderers, which he was substituted, playing 15 minutes, on 2 April 2013.[21] After undergoing a successful scan,[22] Hunt returned to the first team and managed to regain in the first team for the 2012–13 season, playing in the left–back position, where he made forty appearance.

The 2013–14 season saw Hunt being linked with a move to Premier League side Sunderland[23] and Swansea City.[24] Also tracking Hunt were Reading, Wigan Athletic and Cardiff City.[25] However, Huddersfield Town revealed there were no enquiries to sign Hunt.[26] Despite this, Hunt remained in the first regular, where he began to play wide right at the start of the season[27] and provided assist one of James Vaughan goals in a 2–1 win over Bradford City in the first round of the League Cup.[28] Once again, Hunt found himself in the transfer speculation, as Crystal made a £2 million bid for Hunt.[29]

Loan Spells[edit]

In the 2009–10 season, he was sent on loan to Conference National side Grays Athletic.[30] Hunt made four appearance for Grays Athletic before returning to his parent club.[31]

In the 2010–11 season, Huddersfield manager Lee Clark sent Hunt out on loan to Football League Two side Chesterfield for six months, which last until January.[31][32] Hunt made his debut in the 2–1 win over Barnet on 7 August 2010.[33] Then on 11 September 2010, Hunt provided assist for Scott Boden to score an equaliser, in a 1–1 draw against Morecambe.[34] Hunt became a first team regular, playing as a right–back, making twenty appearance and returned to the Galpharm after his loan expired in early January 2011.[35][36]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Premier League side Crystal Palace signed Hunt on a four-year deal, from Huddersfield Town, on 2 September 2013. The fee, officially 'undisclosed', was understood to be around £2 million.[37] Upon joining Crystal Palace, Hunt said on the move, quoting: ‘’”The interest from Crystal Palace filled me with a lot of confidence. Obviously the Premier is the best league in the world and I jumped at the chance to go to Palace. I spoke to the manager for a good hour, hour-and-a-half and the chat was brilliant, he is a brilliant man and very honest. I can’t wait to play for him and you can see why he has such a good team spirit there, and that was only after one conversation with him.”’’[38]

However, before he could make his début, Hunt broke his ankle in training on 9 September, ruling him out for up to four months.[39] By January, Hunt returned to training after being told by the club’s medical that he was given all-clear.[40]

After his transfer to Sheffield Wednesday, Hunt said he stand by his decision over signing for Crystal Palace.[41] Croydon Advertiser later listed Hunt as among eleven players to never live up expectations.[42]

Loan Spells[edit]

On 29 January 2014, Hunt joined Championship side Barnsley on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[43] Three days later, on 1 February 2014, Hunt made his Barnsley debut, where he made his first start for the club, in a 1–0 against Sheffield Wednesday[44] and provided assist in the next game on 8 February 2014, Hunt provided assist for Chris O'Grady to score the first goal of the season, in a 2–2 draw against Ipswich Town.[45] However, Hunt was restricted to ten appearance for the club, due to match fitness[46][47] and injury that kept him out for the rest of the season.[48] As a result, Hunt was unable to help the club survive relegation, as they were relegated to League One.

On 22 July 2014, Hunt joined Nottingham Forest on loan until January 1, 2015.[49] Upon joining Nottingham Forest, Hunt was given number seventeen shirt.[50] On his first day at the club, Hunt appeared in the club’s training, but ended up having a head wound, resulting eight stitches.[51] Hunt made his Nottingham Forest in the opening game of the season against Blackpool, where he provided assist for Chris Burke, in a 2–0 win.[52] Hunt played a huge impact by the end of August when he provided assist for Matty Fryatt to score the winning goal, in a 2–1 win over Bournemouth,[53] followed up, providing another assist, in a 4–0 win over Reading.[54][55] Hunt’s impact at Nottingham Forest with nineteen appeared had convince the club’s management express keen on signing him permanently.[56] However, Crystal Palace asked Nottingham Forest to increase a bid for him.[57] This was later confirmed by the club’s owner Steve Parish, who stated the club should have signed him permanently and revealed their decision to increase the bid to sign Hunt.[58] Hunt’s loan spell at Nottingham Forest came to an end on 31 December 2014 and returned to his parent club.[59] After this, Hunt later stated his gratitude to the club, stating the club helped him fall in love with football again.[60]

Despite being linked with a move to Rotherham United and Blackburn Rovers,[61] it was announced on 30 January 2015, that Hunt had opted to join Championship club Rotherham United on loan until 2 May 2015.[62] The next day, Hunt made his Rotherham United debut, playing 90 minutes, in a 1–1 draw against Charlton Athletic.[63] Hunt then provided assist for Kári Árnason to score the first goal of the game, in a 2–0 win over his former club, Huddersfield Town on 7 March 2015.[64] Hunt made ten appearance for the club, as he helped them survive relegation in the Championship to ensure playing in the second season.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 3 July 2015, Hunt joined Championship club Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the duration of the 2015–16 season.[65] Upon joining the club, Hunt was given a number thirty-two shirt ahead of the new season.[66]

Hunt made his Sheffield Wednesday debut, in the opening game of the season, where he played as a right-back and playing 90 minutes, in a 2–0 win over Bristol City.[67] Hunt began to found himself, competing with a right-back position with Liam Palmer, but managed to retain right–back position[68][69] despite suffering from a knee injury.[70]

On 13 January 2016, after playing 22 games as part of his season long loan, Hunt joined Championship club Sheffield Wednesday on a three and a half year deal, signing for an undisclosed fee.[71] Hunt's first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis came on 16 January 2016, in a 2–0 win over Leeds United.[72] A month after joining the club permanently, Hunt then provided assist for Lucas João to score the fourth goal of the season, in a 4–0 win over Brentford on 13 February 2016.[73] Hunt would later helped the club reach the play-offs and in the second leg of the play-offs, Hunt provided the assist for Ross Wallace, in a 1–1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.[74] Hunt started as a right-back in the play-off Championship Final against Hull City, playing 90 minutes, but lost 1–0.[75] In his first season at the club, Hunt made forty appearance in all competitions.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 December 2016[76]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Huddersfield Town 2009–10 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 League One 19 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 23 1
2011–12 League One 43 1 0 0 2 1 5 1 50 3
2012–13 Championship 40 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
2013–14 Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 104 2 4 0 5 1 8 1 121 4
Grays Athletic (loan) 2009–10 Conference Premier 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Chesterfield (loan) 2010–11 League Two 20 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 23 0
Crystal Palace 2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnsley (loan) 2013–14 Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2014–15 Championship 17 0 0 0 2 0 19 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2014–15 Championship 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2015–16 Championship 34 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 40 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2016–17 Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Career total 219 2 4 0 11 1 13 1 247 4

Personal life[edit]

Born in Rothwell, England, Hunt said he considered himself a Leeds lad.[77]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

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