ROTHERHAM UNITED: New boy to blossom

New arrival: Nicky Hunt
New arrival: Nicky Hunt
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MANAGER Steve Evans is backing new defensive recruit Nicky Hunt to resurrect his faltering career at Rotherham United.

Four years ago, Hunt was a regular fixture in Bolton Wanderers team, chalking up over 100 appearances and playing in the Europa League.

But the right-back, who finished last season on loan with Preston North End, has recently lost his way and slipped down the divisions.

Hunt became Evans’ fourth summer signing on Tuesday and the Millers chief is tipping the 28-year-old to hit top form at the League Two club.

Evans told The Star: “There is no question we will bring the best out of Nicky. We have a track record as a management team of getting the best out of players.

“I am sure he feels he has got a point to prove. But I saw him at Preston a few weeks ago and he was different class. I have no doubt he is going to show everyone what a talent he is. If Nicky produces his best, he will be in the team. If he doesn’t, he will be sat on the bench.”

It was on Monday Evans inquired about Hunt’s availability. He tried to sign the defender in January when he was boss of Crawley Town before he left Bristol City for Preston. Hunt’s contract expires at Deepdale on June 30 and The Star understands he has agreed a one-year deal to move to Rotherham, with the option of a second depending on the number of matches he plays.

“Nicky was due to meet a League One club on Monday but I phoned him up and persuaded him to come and have a look around the new stadium and the training ground facilities,” said Evans. “We had to work hard to get him in.

“There is a real fire in Nicky’s belly to win things and he wants to help us get into the Championship.”

Evans sees Hunt primarily as a right-back but is acutely aware he can fill in at centre-back or in central midfield.