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HUNT DELIGHTED WITH OLDHAM LOAN

27 March 2017

The Albion defender is pleased with his progress at the League One club.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Rob Hunt is delighted with how well his loan switch to Oldham Athletic has gone so far, and believes he has matured during his time at Boundary Park.

The 21-year-old has made ten appearances since moving to the club in January, and with the Latics fighting against relegation from Sky Bet League One, Hunt believes the experience will be beneficial for his future.

He said, “If you enjoy your football it will bring the best out of you, so that’s what I try to do. I try to embrace every game and impress everyone who is there. You set your own standards.

“I’ve grown up in football terms over the last few weeks. I’ve matured as both a player and person. I try to go forward, but we are in a relegation battle, so it’s about a clean sheet first and foremost.

“From what I’ve seen and the games I’ve played, the team should never have been where we are in the league. We’ve done quite well as a team in all of the games I’ve played.

“This isn’t a relegation team. It hasn’t been that sort of atmosphere. Everyone is very upbeat and looking forward to the next game.”

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Hunt missed Oldham’s previous fixture against Peterborough United with a hamstring strain, but the full-back has positive memories from his first league start for the Latics in January.

“My first start was away to Chesterfield, and we needed the win because of the position we were in.

“One of the boys (Anthony Gerrard) got sent off in the first half, so we played with ten men for more than half the game and scored the winner in the 93rd minute, which was brilliant.

“It was the stuff of dreams really. We were defending for most of the second half but they never really troubled us, which was good.

“We had a good shape and stuck to what the manager told us to do. There was also a pitch invasion by our fans who were celebrating.”

The Seagulls were hit with a number of injuries at full-back after Hunt’s departure, and although he admits the timing was unfortunate, he’s now fully focused on finishing the season strongly with the Greater Manchester club.

“Everything happens for a reason. Brighton wanted me to go and get games and they didn’t think something like that was going to happen.

“I’m concentrating on the last eight games at Oldham and trying to keep the club in League One. I’ve got more experience here. Every game and every situation is different.

“I’ve got one more year on my Brighton contract. I’ll get a bit of time off in the summer and then come back for pre-season.”

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