Noel Hunt: I really want to stay at Ipswich!

Noel Hunt is currently on loan at Ipswich from Leeds United.

The 31-year-old forward made his debut for the Tractor Boys last weekend, coming off the bench to score a 95th minute winner against promotion rivals Charlton Athletic.

Hunt - who had been outcast at Elland Road since the start of the campaign - scored the goal that lifted Ipswich into the second automatic promotion place, but he is ineligible for his loan club this weekend, with Leeds heading to Portman Road looking to build upon their impressive 2-0 victory over Derby County last week.

Despite the Whites overcoming Derby last weekend, it is a surprise to see Hunt playing a key role in Ipswich’s fight for promotion to the Premier League, with the player not considered good enough to feature at Elland Road. He was always going to struggle fighting for a place in Neil Redfearn’s first-team set-up, and, although Dave Hockaday was keen on the forward, the signings of Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara and Billy Sharp all but ended any chance of playing a part in Massimo Cellino’s new era at Elland Road.

The former Reading man had been limited to a number of Under-21 games for Leeds this term before making the switch, and he has spoken of his delight at turning out for Mick McCarthy’s men. And with the Whites still owning him, the 31-year-old told the Ipswich Star that the situation is a strange one to be in.

“It’s a bit of a strange one for me,” he said.

“They are still my club, but it’s not really worked out for me there.”

Having been somewhat restricted by injury and bad form during his time on Elland Road, Hunt has admitted that he is pleased for a fresh start, and he revealed that he wants to stay at Portman Road past the expiration of his loan-deal in the New Year.

He added: “Now I’m loving being here and really want to stay.”

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