Stephen Patrick Hunt
(born 1 August 1981) is an Irish international footballer
who plays as a winger
for Premier League
club Wolverhampton Wanderers
His position is left midfield
, although he can also play at left back
and as an attacking midfielder
. He previously played for Brentford
, Crystal Palace
and Hull City
. His younger brother, Noel
, is also a footballer.
Hunt became known for his creative and skilful play as well as his work rate as a winger. Although born in Laois, Hunt grew up in Clonea-Power, Waterford
. He was a talented under-age hurler
and soccer player. He played for Waterford hurlers
at under-15 and under-16 levels. Hunt's first introduction to organised football was when he moved to the Mount Sion secondary school in Waterford at the age of 11. During his time at secondary school he also began playing for local soccer side Johnville. This gained Hunt a degree of recognition and he played in the Kennedy Cup with Waterford County. He later excelled for Carrick United at various age levels, before going to England starting his career as a trainee with Crystal Palace
. Failing to make an impact on the first team, Hunt had trials with clubs including Dundee United
before leaving to join Brentford
. In his four years at the West London club, he became an integral part of the team.
In 2005 Hunt rejected a new contract and decided to leave Brentford. After agreeing to join Bradford......