Noel Hunt seems to have given up trying to earn a place in the Leeds United squad.
The 31-year-old attacker is currently on loan at fellow Championship club Ipswich Town, but he admits that his future lies away from Elland Road.
“I’m hoping I can do enough here to stay here past the month,” Hunt wrote in Ipswich’s matchday programme ahead of the clash against Leeds United on Saturday, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I don’t really think there is a future for me at Leeds and it’s time to move on. It will be great if I can do that at Ipswich.”
The Republic of Ireland international joined Leeds in the summer of 2013 and has a contract that runs until the end of the season, but by his own admission he does not see any future at the West Yorkshire outfit.
However, Hunt need not worry too much about that, mainly because he is playing for a team who are currently second in the Championship.
While Leeds continue to struggle and remain stuck just above the relegation zone, Ipswich are in a great position to at least make the playoffs.
The former Reading star has made it clear that he wants to remain at Ipswich, and to make that happen, he needs to work hard and prove his worth to manager Mick McCarthy.
McCarthy himself is open to having Hunt on a permanent basis and wrote in the matchday programme: “He’s had his problems with injuries, but has been fit since February and he got us off to a great start by scoring the winner with virtually the last kick at Charlton.
“I’ve always liked the way Noel has gone about his business and if we can get him going again, we will have a really good player on our hands.”
Hunt, who was ineligible to play against Leeds, started his Ipswich loan spell in sensational fashion, scoring the winner against Charlton Athletic.
Leeds manager Neil Redfearn may not have any place for Hunt in his squad, but the Irishman can easily forget about the snub if he regains his form at Ipswich and earns a permanent contract.
Perhaps Hunt will have the last laugh…