Grimsby Town Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Alex Hunt from Sheffield Wednesday on a three-year deal, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2025!
The 22-year-old originally joined the Mariners in the summer of 2021 on a six-month loan, impressing in his short spell at the club making 19 appearances in all competitions and scoring one goal, a last-minute winner at Blundell Park against Barnet with a pin-point free-kick. Following his return to Sheffield Wednesday in January 2022, Hunt penned an additional year at the Owls before joining Oldham Athletic for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.
Hunt spoke to exclusively to gtfc.co.uk this evening and is thrilled to be re-joining the Mariners.
“I’m absolutely over the moon! It’s been in the pipeline for a long time and it has been stressful getting it over the line in the end, but I can’t wait to put on the shirt again and get going.
“The club getting promotion was unbelievable really. I loved my time here and obviously, it was a main attraction in coming back. I met some really good people here and have kept in touch with a lot of the lads. I went to the Notts County game and to show the spirit and fight that the lads did throughout the playoffs and the whole season sums up the squad as a whole really.
“Keeping the squad together is a testament to the coaching staff and the owners of what they’re building here as well. A club that is going in the right direction and I am sure that all the fans and people around the place can see and feel that as well.
“I can’t wait for Saturday. Hopefully I can get out on the pitch again and show the fans what I am about for the second time round and I am sure that we will have a great following as always!”.
We also caught up with manager Paul Hurst who explained that the signing of Hunt brings an end to a long, hard-fought battle.
“I’m devastated that we have finally got it done, I will miss his messages to see if anything has been sorted! No, but seriously he had a very enjoyable and successful time with us. It was a shame that he couldn’t have been with us when we did finally get promoted, because I think the way that he bought into the club and the way that we work, he was very popular within the group and I am pleased that we have finally got this done.
“It has been a long process. The player, in fairness to him, has been desperate to come back and join back up with us, this time permanently and I am really looking forward to getting him back and introduced to the group, obviously there are a few new faces for him to get to know, but it will be great to have him back here.
“It has always been on the cards and at various points, it looked like things could have happened and then they weren’t and then they were again! It has been right down to the last day of the window, a long drawn-out process but the important thing is that it is done now. He is going to be our player for some time now hopefully and I am sure he will enjoy being back here in a League above with us. It’s still a challenge with Alex, there are no guarantees about that, but we know he is a good footballer and hopefully, he can show everybody and remind them again what a good player he is”.
Alex will be eligible for Town’s trip to Newport County AFC this weekend.
Welcome back to Blundell Park, Hunty!