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Mariners Secure Hunt Loan Deal

12 August 2021

Sam Strandt

Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Alex Hunt on loan until January 2022.

The 21-year-old has developed through the Academy system at Sheffield Wednesday, joining at the age of seven before becoming captain of the club's Under 18s and penning his first professional contract at the club in February 2018. Hunt made his debut for the Owls in the EFL Cup away to Sunderland in a 2-0 victory in August 2018, before being given his EFL Championship debut as an 83rd-minute substitute at home to Nottingham Forest in a 1-1 draw. 

Hunt made the journey across to Grimsby this morning, where he met up with his new teammates and management team, taking part in training for the first time. GTTV caught up with the young midfielder after his first session with the club and spoke about his ambitions for his time in North East Lincolnshire. 

"My first session was brilliant, I got down here this morning met all the lads, the manager and his staff made me feel really welcome and they put a great session I really enjoyed it. 

"I think I would describe myself as a player who likes to get on the ball constantly. I am always trying to make things happen going forward so this season, I am going to try and get as many goals and assists, get us trying to play out from the back and moving up the pitch. I have been in and around the first team for a few years now [at Sheffield Wednesday], I have played a few games in the Championship, trained with top-level players every day so I don't feel coming here I will have a problem fitting in with the lads and at this level.

"My manager at Wednesday was really honest with me and I think he knows best for my development, he wants me to come here and get games, so I think coming here to a club that wants me and a manager who puts their trust and faith in me, it's the right move for right now in my career.  

"My personal goals are to get as many goals and assists as possible and try and get us to the top of the table. There's no point setting your ambitions low, I want to be at the top by Christmas". 

"I still know a lot of people who support the club and rest assured, I have not just asked people from a fans point of view but they have always said what a great footballer he is, I have been aware of him for some time and in truth when we were made aware that he was available I wasn't quite sure we would get him. But we asked the question anyway and we were pleasantly surprised by the response we got. 

"When we spoke to Alex, he was just really keen to come and play football. I was really impressed by the conversation and his enthusiasm and desire to play, he just wanted to come and play and that's the type of attitude that we're looking for. I think he is different certainly to Harry, Foxy and Spokesy, so that gives us a different type of option in the centre of the pitch and he has played in the Championship, admittedly not a regular but he wouldn't have played at that standard if he didn't have something about him".

You can catch Alex's first interview with the club below via our official YouTube channel. Be sure to like and subscribe by clicking here, hit the notification bell and never miss an upload. 

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