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On the Hunt: Irish interest grows at Wigan as a familiar face puts pen to paper

Noel Hunt has joined on a season-long deal.

NOEL HUNT HAS signed a season-long deal with League One side Wigan, the club revealed earlier today.

The 34-year-old former Republic of Ireland international will be reunited with Latics boss Paul Cook, who he played for while at Portsmouth last term as the side were crowned League Two champions.

Hunt made 20 league appearances for Pompey but only managed one goal and was released after his one-year contract ended.

He had been trialling with Wigan for the last number of weeks.

Having been relegated from the Championship last season, Wigan are hoping to repeat what they did in 2016 and bounce back to the second-tier immediately.

Hunt can count on a familiar face in the dressing-room as compatriot Jack Byrne signed a three-year deal in January.

And the former Reading attacker has already been impressed with the spirit amongst the players and hopes it can lead to success this term.

“The boys are tight”, Hunt told the Wigan website.

It’s a good bunch. A lot of boys are close. There are a lot of jokers and a it’s a massive part for me in having a good dressing-room. You’ll run farther for a mate than for a stranger. The tighter we are the better it is.

“These boys were in the Championship last year. I played there for seven or eight years. It’s tough. It’s a hard league. The boys had a taste of it last season. And they want to get back to it. We all do.”

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