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Breaking News: Noel Hunt joins Southend United

1 August 2015

Irish striker agrees Roots Hall switch.

Southend United are delighted to announce the signing of experienced striker Noel Hunt.

The 32-year-old Irishman has agreed a one-year deal with the Blues, with the option of a second year.

And the signing ends weeks of speculation regarding where the striker would be playing.

Noel spent the majority last season on loan with Ipswich Town, after joining the Tractor Boys on a temporary deal from Leeds United. The move to Portman Road was then made a permanent one in January 2015.

Born in Waterford, Hunt began his career with Shamrock Rovers, scoring goals regularly during three years with the club before moving to Dunfermline Athletic in January 2003.

Noel bagged eight goals in 42 starts for the Scottish side and in 2006 made the switch to Dundee United, for an undisclosed fee, where his career really took off.

During a two-year stay at Tannadice Hunt recorded a 1:2 goal ratio, finding the net 23 times in just over 50 games, which earned him a move to Reading in 2008.

The move to the Royals saw Hunt link up with his brother Stephen – who played under Blues boss Phil Brown during their time at Hull City – and Noel would go on to spend five years with the Berkshire side.

His time at the Madejski Stadium was successful, and in 2012, Hunt was part of the side that earned promotion back to the Premier League.

He departed Reading – after a total of 33 goals in 94 starts - a year later to link up with former Royals boss Brian McDermott at Leeds, before making the move to Ipswich.

Check back on the official site shortly for an interview with both Noel and Phil Brown.

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