Hunt pledges Wolves loyalty
Stephen Hunt has committed himself to Wolves' fight for promotion back to the Premier League after insisting he'll "stay loyal" to the club.
The 30-year-old midfielder was unable to play a significant part in the club's ultimately unsuccessful fight against relegation last season because of a groin injury which limited him to just seven league appearances and only two starts since the turn of the year.
However, amid speculation over how new manager Stale Solbakken may reshape the squad he inherited from Mick McCarthy and interim boss Terry Connor, Hunt is ready to play his part if required.
He said: "I have got a year left on my contract. I have been in this situation before and I have said, 'I want to leave'. I am not going to say that.
"I am going to get my head down, work hard and if I am at Wolves next year, then I will give 110% because I might owe them a little bit as well in terms of injury.
"Wolves, to a certain degree, they have stuck by me, although they haven't played me in certain games.
"But I am loyal to Wolves. I like the area and get on well with the team."
Hunt, of course, faces the task of persuading Solbakken he has a part to play and, while his immediate concern is the Euro 2012 with Ireland, he is also looking forward to that prospect.
He said: "I haven't had a chance to speak to him, I haven't met him. Once I get back in pre-season, I'll work hard and show what I can do.
"Every player wants to impress the new manager. It's a bit disappointing at Wolves at the moment, but I am here for Ireland now, the European Championships, and I can't wait."
For the second summer in a row, Hunt turned up for Ireland duty desperate to make up for lost time after being hampered by injury, and his frustration this time around was exacerbated by Wolves' struggle for survival.
He said: "It's been a bit frustrating at Wolves, but I am with Ireland now and I am looking forward to the campaign.
"It's a light at the end of the tunnel to a certain degree regarding the last two or three months.
"You never stop believing and getting fit. I have been working hard and now that I'm here, I am going to make the most of it.
"It's a little bit like last year when I came to the end of the season with Ireland. I was fresh as a daisy, so hopefully it will be the same this year."
Unfortunately for Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, Hunt's fitness is in stark contrast to that of some of his team-mates with a defensive crisis prompting him to call up Paul McShane ahead of Saturday's friendly against Bosnia.
Goalkeeper Shay Given was also due to see a knee specialist in London today, although Hunt, like his manager, is confident the nation's most capped player will be fit for Poland and Ukraine.
He said: "Shay Given, with however many caps he has got now for Ireland, his experience, he's a hell of a keeper. We need him.
"We have got players who can follow in his footsteps if needs be, but I'm sure he will be fit."
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