Hunt: 'I owe Royals'By Nick Ive
July 31, 2008
Stephen Hunt admits he is desperate to return to the Premier League – but insists he won’t seek a move because he owes Reading for making his career.
Hunt was the subject of a £5million bid from Sunderland in January, but that was rejected by Royals boss Steve Coppell as he did not want to lose a key player to one of their rivals in the battle to avoid relegation.
But although Reading failed to beat the drop – and the Black Cats stayed up – Hunt says he is more than happy to stay, especially now that his younger brother Noel is his team-mate following a £600,000 switch from Dundee United last week.
The Republic of Ireland international said: “There has been a lot of speculation, but that’s all it is.
“It can drag on a little, but I have come back for pre-season and will work hard and see what happens.
“I want to get back in the Premier League, but if I stay here then I will work my butt off to get Reading back in the top flight. That is my honest opinion.
“Where would I be without Reading? I have come a long way in the last couple of years and obviously I still want to progress.
“There are boundaries you can cross to get out of a football club, but I won’t step over that line.
“I am not looking to cause trouble, I will just work hard. I live in a great area and I get paid well to do a job I love. It’s a great life.”
Hunt added: “It’s also great having my brother here. I have always wanted to play in the same side as him and now it has happened.”
The winger’s comments will be a massive boost to Coppell, who has already lost Dave Kitson, Glen Little and Emerse Fae.
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