Sheffield Wednesday midfielder sees relegation as a ‘major opportunity’
Alex Hunt isn’t getting too down about relegation to League One, saying that he sees the situation as a ‘major opportunity’ at Sheffield Wednesday.
Hunt only got a handful of appearances last season despite a promising start, however the departure of several players ahead of the 2021/22 campaign gives him reason to be hopeful that his time is coming.
The 20-year-old has an important year ahead of him as he looks to prove to Darren Moore that he’s deserving of more first team minutes, but knows that it’ll be his own hard work that gets him the chances that he’s chasing.
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Speaking to the club’s official website, the boyhood Wednesdayite said, “If I come back in for pre-season fit and firing, which I will do, I can really grab this season with both hands and make it one to remember… We have had a lot of players leave the club and I definitely see this as a major opportunity.
“The manager has shown in his career he will give young players a chance… That’s all anyone can ask really, you just want your chance to prove you can play. I want to take this opportunity. We don’t want to be in League One, we are, but maybe I’ll have more chances to force my way in.
“It was nice of the gaffer to say those things about the young players, other managers may not give you that chance, we’re fortunate to have a gaffer who trusts the youth and I want to repay it.
“I’ve been with the first team all season now and since he’s come in, he has made the young lads feel like they belong training with the pros and it gives you confidence from the start.”
As things stand Wednesday have 15 senior players contracted to the club going into their first attempt to climb straight back out of League One, however a number of them are under the age of 21.
Hunt, as well as the likes of Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Ciaran Brennan, Ryan Galvin and Liam Waldock will no doubt be eager to impress during preseason, with Moore already stating that they’ll be given the chance to show what they can do.