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Noel Hunt: Reputation of Phil Brown persuaded me to sign

2 August 2015

Striker admits he was 'rusty', but is aiming to improve at Blues.

New Southend United striker Noel Hunt admitted he was a 'bit rusty' following his debut against Leyton Orient at Roots Hall but it looking forward to showing the Blues fans exactly what he can do this season in League 1.

Hunt joined on Saturday following his departure from Championship outfit Ipswich Town, appearing at half time as a substitute for Myles Weston, partnering long-term friend David Mooney up front against the O's.

“I was a bit rusty but I enjoyed it massively,” the Irishman reflected after the game.

“It was my first game since February. I thought we had a lot of chances – one or two off the line and although we didn't win, it's all about next week.”

And Hunt says his move to Roots Hall was influenced by a couple of people who have previously worked with Blues boss Phil Brown.

“I spoke to the gaffer two or three weeks ago. There was a lot of things off the field that I had to deal with but I spoke to a few people and they sung his praises. I spoke to my brother who I think said he was one of the best he's ever worked with.

“Personally my wife's family are only 60 miles down the road which makes the move close to home.

“I've moved a lot over the last twelve years or so – five years in Scotland, five years in Reading and a couple at Leeds and Ipswich. It's a chance to settle for me now.

“I spoke to somebody the other day who said ten years ago he wouldn't have played at League 1 but nowadays it's full of Championship quality.”

“I know Moons [David Mooney] from Reading and the rest of the boys have been great, which is nice to see.”

And on what he can offer to the team, Hunt – a former Leeds United, Reading and Ipswich Town player, says he's hoping for plenty of goals.

“I'm hard working and hopefully I'll get my fair share of goals for the team – I'm a big team player.”

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