Hunt sets sights high after signing - 01/07/2005
STEPHEN Hunt completed his move to
The 25-year-old left-sided player, who signed a one-year deal with the Royals yesterday (Wednesday), believes his switch to the Madejski Stadium will provide him with the perfect opportunity to impress
Hunt, who made 136 appearances for Brentford during his time in
"And hopefully it will give me the opportunity to show the
Hunt played for Steve Coppell at the Bees and at
He said: "I was actually in
"There was already a one-year offer on the table at
"But I know Steve Coppell well and when you have worked with a manager before you know what he is about and what you are going to get and he knows what he is going to get from you."
The move to
He said: "I know a few of the players already and that should help with settling in.
"I have kept in touch with most of them and have spoken to them regularly and it will be good to play with them again. But it will also be good to get to know my other team-mates and make new friends."
Hunt's final season at
Hunt, who can also play as a centre forward, said: "I have had a couple of days testing and passed it all with flying colours. "I am in good shape and I am raring to go and I want to prove to everyone that I am capable of playing at this level."
Coppell is delighted with his latest recruit and said: "What I hope he will bring to the squad is a more competitive edge to the left side of the team.
"He is naturally left-sided and has played for
"Perhaps over the last year he has not shown his best form but hopefully he can mature here and show people what he is capable of.
"I have known him since he was a boy so I know roughly what I will get from him and I know that whatever situation he finds himself in Stephen Hunt will always give 100 per cent."
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