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Saturday 17 February 2018

Forgotten man Hunt insists his days in Ireland green are not over yet

Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt

Garry Doyle

Stephen Hunt has defiantly refused to call time on his international career, vowing to force his way into Martin O'Neill's plans before the end of this season.

Aware that he was in danger of becoming Irish football's forgotten man, Hunt effectively offered his services to Ipswich Town for free earlier this month, in order to get his name back in the shop window.

And the ploy has worked. Mick McCarthy has offered Hunt a new contract -- probably until the end of this season -- by which stage he intends to resume an Irish career which has stalled since Euro 2012.

"After being released by Wolves, there was a bit of messing about -- contracts being offered and then taken away -- so I knew I had to get back into football ASAP," said Hunt.

"I called Mick, saying I would play for free and would just accept appearance money.

"He agreed.

"I arrived here on the Thursday, after a six and a half hour car journey from Ireland, signed on the Friday and played on a Saturday.

"I'm on the right road to getting signed soon if all goes well. I'm happy.

"I don't want to go anywhere else," he went on.

"What I want is to show Martin O'Neill what I can do.

"I want to play for Ireland again. It can be done. I wouldn't rule it out."

Irish Independent

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