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In-form Hunt keen to make Ipswich switch permanent


Noel Hunt

Noel Hunt

Noel Hunt

LOAN star Noel Hunt wants to make his stay at Ipswich Town a permanent one.

The Waterford-born striker made an instant impact at Ipswich after his loan move from Leeds United as he came off the bench to score a late winner against Charlton last weekend, a win that sets up his side nicely for the weekend ahead as Mick McCarthy's side can go top of the Championship table with a win against Leeds on Saturday.

It's a good time for the Irish crew at Portman Road these days as McCarthy has been shortlisted for the manager of the month award for November while Daryl Murphy was selected as the PFA fans' player of the month.

Hunt can't play a part in that clash with Leeds under the terms of his loan move from Elland Road but he is pleased to have managed to secure an exit from his difficulties at Leeds - he played just twice for the club in the first four months of the season - and is keen to aid Ipswich's good form.

"It's a bit of a strange one for me, Leeds are still my club, but it's not really worked out for me there and now I'm loving being here and really want to stay," he said ahead of that Leeds-Ipswich clash.

"Leeds are a great club who have great fans that are passionate about their football. Obviously, it's been frustrating times for them and sometimes it has boiled over. They have good players and good people though and I wish them all the best, straight after the game on Saturday I got five or six texts from the lads back there who were buzzing for me. That was nice.

"I had a lot of nice comments off people when I left there last week saying 'good luck, you're one of the best pros we've seen'."

Meanwhile, League One side Chesterfield are ready for bids for Irish striker Eoin Doyle when the transfer window opens next month.

"We expect interest," said Chesterfield assistant Leam Richardson of Doyle, who has 19 in all competitions. "Eoin Doyle has scored so many goals, I'm sure every manager knows about him now.

"We have other players around the pitch that I feel are good enough to play at a higher level too. We're trying to improve players and, as with Liam Cooper, you can't stop moves like that."