Sheffield Wednesday: Attack is the best form of defence for new boy

Jack Hunt

Jack Hunt

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One of the many sights Wednesayites can look forward to regularly seeing next season is right-back Jack Hunt dashing forward from a deep-lying position to support the team’s forward line.

Hunt’s big strength is dribbling and putting opponents on the back foot. He might be classed as a full-back but the former Huddersfield Town trainee can be a great attacking outlet on the right flank.

Recruited on a season-long loan deal from Crystal Palace last Friday, the 24-year-old is aiming to supply the Owls’ strikers with the ammunition to fire them to Championship glory.

Hunt has never previously worked with a “foreign manager” before in his career but believes new Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal will help him become a better player.

“It’s going to be fascinating to see how he (Carvalhal) goes about things,” Hunt said. “Who knows? He might go about things the same way as a British coach but I’m sure he’s going to have his own methods, ideas and ways of communicating them.

“That’s something that really interests me, I’m not going to lie, and I’m sure learning from him is going to improve me as a player.”

“I know this season is massive for me,” he added. “When I went to Crystal Palace, I had a bad injury but that’s all in the past now. My main focus is to play good football for Sheffield Wednesday all season.”

Hunt, a first-team regular and key figure in Huddersfield’s promotion to the Championship three years ago, moved to Palace in September 2013 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £2m.

Shortly after joining the Premier League club, Hunt suffered a serious ankle injury in training and has yet to play for his parent club.

Having regained full fitness, the Leeds-born player was farmed out on loan to Barnsley. Hunt returned to the north again last season, featuring prominently for Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United. Hunt, who has also previously had a loan spell at Chesterfield, spent three months on loan with the Millers last season, making 16 appearances.

“I had a very good time at Rotherham,” he said. “I will never speak a bad word about the club. I had a great relationship with Steve Evans and the coaching staff.

“I had a good time there and it was a good challenge for me but now it’s time I kicked on.”

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