Neil Redfearn has piled praise onto experienced striker Noel Hunt.
Leeds United academy boss Neil Redfearn has praised Noel Hunt for his impact on younger players at the club.
Hunt played for the under-21 side in their 6-0 win against Doncaster Rovers in the Premier League Cup this week and Redfearn has suggested he’s been unlucky to be overlooked for a first team role.
“For whatever reason, he has had a little bit of bad press - He wants to do well and wants the club to do well. He also genuinely wants other people to do well,” Redfearn told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I was pleased for him on Monday. He had a run-out and needed a game.”
“Noel is such a great lad and team player and desperately wants to do well. He has been asking for a game for two or three weeks – Still, at his age, his influence is infectious on the younger players because he wants to do well.”
Hunt has perhaps been a little unfortunate because of the size of the Leeds United squad, which has prevented him getting a higher number of first team games under his belt.
All he can do is take the opportunities which are given to him and try to place Darko Milanic under pressure to bring him back into the first team equation.
Redfearn won’t argue one little bit because it’s obvious how beneficial he thinks having an experienced player like Hunt around his youngsters is.
His positivity can hopefully rub off on a youth team, which has made a great start to the Premier League Cup and the Professional Development League; Leeds sit top of the Northern Section.
It also shouldn’t be considered a step down or backwards by Hunt because there are numerous examples all over the country of players using the under-21 side to get match fit and to help younger players to develop.
Hunt’s moving in the right direction and he now needs to ensure that he builds on the small momentum he is creating for himself.