“He just needs to play games.." Sheffield Wednesday main man opens up on Alex Hunt
It’s been a testing season for highly-rated Sheffield Wednesday youngster Alex Hunt.
The diminutive midfielder, who appeared to be making strides under former manager Garry Monk, has found himself way down the pecking order in recent months and has played only an hour of Championship football this season.
The 20-year-old looked set to leave the club on loan in January but any prospective deal fell through as Wednesday failed to bring anyone in towards the end of the deadline.
And Wednesday club captain Barry Bannan with whom he shares an agent, has taken it upon himself to put an arm around Hunt through what have been some of the more challenging times in his young career.
“It’s tough for Alex at the minute, obviously,” Bannan said, speaking to The Star last month. “I’ve spoken to him quite a lot.
“Sometimes at that age you have setbacks, you get a taste of it and then you’re out. The position we’re in at the minute isn’t helping Alex.
“I’ve spoken to him and tried to give him advice and he’s on board with that. I know my agent is helping out as well, keeping him right.
“He just needs to play games. I know he’s playing under-23s and that, keeping his fitness up.
“Football can change in an instant and he could be in the team next week. He just needs to keep his fitness up, keep working hard and if he does that he’ll make a good life in football.”
Hunt’s contract with Wednesday is up at the end of the season, though The Star understands the club have an option to extend.