Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hunt completes Wolves move

Wolves insist Stephen Hunt will return as good as before after dismissing fears of his injury.

The 28-year-old Ireland international completed his £3m move to Molineux yesterday on a three-year contract, despite being in rehabilitation for a damaged foot sustained against Wolves at the end of January.

Both the club and Hunt, who attended his press conference on crutches, steered away from setting comeback dates apart from confirming he will miss the first few games of the season.

Wolves’ concerns at Hunt’s injury – he had to have a ligament re-attached to his foot – and the subsequent price were believed to have been factors in the delay in getting the deal done.

But chief executive Jez Moxey and the club are satisfied Hunt will make a full recovery.

He said: “I accept that it’s unusual for players to be bought when they’re injured. But we’ve tracked Stephen for a very long time. He’s doing well in terms of his rehabilitation.

“Hull have been very open in providing us with his medical records and the surgeons who performed the operation are very satisfied with the rehab and progress he’s making.

“There are no complications. It’s just a question of time and Stephen will play when he’s ready.

“He started work with us yesterday and has been working out in the anti-gravity treadmill.”

Hunt initially played on for three weeks with painkilling injections, after initial x-rays revealed no damage and he didn’t see a foot specialist at the time.

But, when the pain continued, the Republic of Ireland international eventually underwent an exploratory operation which showed some damage, and a little bone was pinned.

He said: “I wouldn’t say it was mis-diagnosed, but it took a bit longer than expected.

“But I had an x-ray in my medical which showed everything is in place – Wolves wouldn’t have signed me without having a good look at that.

“People only need to look at my Prozone statistics and that will tell you enough.

“I know what I’m capable of and where I want to get to and I’ll make sure I get there.

“I’ll miss the first few games of the season. Hopefully it won’t be too many but for the next two months, I’m going to be working tirelessly.

“Everyone is happy and I’m over the worst of it now.”

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