STEPHEN Hunt wants to make sure that his short-term stay at Ipswich Town becomes a long-term arrangement, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
Hunt, 31, joined Mick McCarthy's side on a pay-as-you-play deal two weeks ago and helped the side earn a 3-2 win over Blackpool on his debut.
"I'm delighted to be here. This is a great football club and I want to do well for the lads here and the gaffer. I'm enjoying my work and if you enjoy your work then hopefully that shows through on a Saturday," said Hunt (above).
"Hopefully I can stay here beyond January, I'd love to. The proof will be in the pudding though. In six weeks, you might be saying thank God we got rid of him! I know what the gaffer is all about having worked with him before (at Wolves). If I train well and play well I'll be in the team and if I don't then I won't. It's as simple as that."
CLOUGH TO MULL OVER FAHEY DEAL
SHEFFIELD United boss Nigel Clough says he has still to make up his mind on a deal for Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey.
The 30-year-old has been training with the Blades for a number of weeks and has also featured for their reserve team, but Fahey is still working on his fitness following surgery in the summer and Clough wants more time before committing to a deal for the former Birmingham City man.
"It is still early days. He has had a couple of weeks with us and he will spend at least the next couple more weeks with us building up his fitness," said Clough.
"There is no doubting his quality, you can see it in training, he just need to get his fitness up. In terms of his ability on the ball, he is a very good player.
"We have had a chat with him. There is no point in him being here if there weren't something at the end of it.
"We will assess it over the next few weeks."