Leeds flop Noel Hunt says he wants to stay at Ipswich Town until retirement

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After leaving Leeds, Noel Hunt says he wants to stay at Ipswich Town for years to come.

Ex-Reading and Leeds striker Noel Hunt says he wants to stay at Ipswich for years to come.

The former Irish international was released by Leeds in January after failing to score a single goal for the club.

At Ipswich it has been a different story, immediately settling into life with Mick McCarthy's side, scoring on his debut.

The 32-year-old netted three in three starts plus eight substitute appearances and also provided an assist, before picking up an injury which has him currently sidelined.

His contract only runs until the end of the season, but Hunt is clearly hoping his deal will be renewed.

He told the Ipswich Town website: "I absolutely love it here. It was the same when I was at Reading, that was my first love, as everyone there made me feel welcome during my six years but I feel the same about Ipswich.

"If I had it my way, I’d finish my career at Ipswich Town. I want to play football for as long as I can now. I still feel I’ve got a good few years left in me and I’m determined to come back stronger than ever from this injury.”

Hunt was a Brian McDermott signing at Leeds but simply didn't cut it. His goal record at Ipswich, however, looks very good when taken on a minutes per goal basis. His three goals have come in 302 minutes of football, averaging almost one every 90 minutes.

Ipswich are likely play-off candidates, and visit Elland Road in early March. Hunt's injury is expected to keep him sidelined for that clash.

His early impact bodes well for a new deal, but if Ipswich are promoted, it could be a stretch to suggest he would be a valuable Premier League goalscorer. 

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