REPUBLIC of Ireland winger Stephen Hunt has revealed how he always dreamed of returning to his GAA roots.
The Wolves star, who was enjoying the Galway Races yesterday, told how his long-term goal had been to play in the Premiership for a decade before returning to his first love -- Waterford hurling.
"I played hurling with Waterford when I was younger. I played all the way up to minors and then went across to play the other, the illegal sport in Ireland," he laughed.
"Going back to hurling was the plan. If I had been a Premiership footballer for 10 years that was 100pc going to be the plan. But things change and I only had five or so years in the Premiership so we have to see where it ends," he said.
Wolves dropped out of the Premier League last season.
And while the 30-year-old has been forced to put his hurling plans on hold, he revealed he hadn't given them up completely.
"If I'm capable of playing at that level I would love to do it again when I retire. I was on a par with players that went on to do great things so you wouldn't know what might happen in the future," he told the Irish Independent.
The Irish winger, who is now backing Kilkenny to win the hurling final, added that he also held dreams of bringing his daughter Louella (2) up in Ireland.
"I'm still undecided about where I want to live when I retire. I've one or two career options that would let me live in Ireland and I would love that. I'd love to bring my daughter up in Ireland," he said.
Mr Hunt was enjoying his first Galway Races this week, despite being forced to pull his own horse, Leath Acra Mor, out of the races due to injury.