MICK McCARTHY says that new signing Stephen Hunt has shown his hunger and desire to come and play for Ipswich on a short team contract, which Hunt jokes is a "s**t deal".
Hunt had been out of the game for a number of months since his exit from Wolves at the end of last season, but he re-emerged to make his debut for Ipswich on Saturday, helping to set up the winning goal for Daryl Murphy in a 3-2 victory.
Hunt regularly earned wages in the region of £30,000 a week in his time at Wolves and Hull City, but the cash on offer at Ispwich under McCarthy is more modest.
"I have to say he's come in and, if he plays, he gets paid. He's had a great attitude towards it. That's testimony to him, he just wants to come and play. A great attitude," said McCarthy, who worked with Hunt at Wolves.
"Maybe he might stay with us and maybe he'll do well enough that he'll get somewhere else. Hunty deserves to be at a football club. There's something about him, he has a great character about him, other people bounce off him. I felt for him actually.
"He came and trained with us and I said 'Now Hunty, piss off, you can't stay, we can't sign anybody else!'. It wasn't like that, but it makes a good story.
"He thought he was coming to Blackpool. I said 'Good lad, all the best', then he went to Millwall.
"It was funny (on Friday) night because you have to sing on your first day here. And he stood up and his singing was awful, but his stories were great: 'What an awful six months I've had, I've had good deals, turned them down, some bad deals and now I've got a s**t deal but I'm here!'
"He's here and he's such a good character, he's great. For somebody to come from Ireland on Friday morning and join in training and then go on the pitch and play the way he did is a good story."