Alex Hunt is a young player to keep an eye on in the EFL Championship this season after rising through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday. The 19-year-old central midfielder spent seven years at the Owls academy before signing a professional contract with the club in February 2018.
“The feeling of joining the first-team squad was great especially being my boyhood club it was a dream come true,” Hunt pointed out.
The road to success is often built on hard work and determination, which were key fundamentals in shaping Hunt’s future at Sheffield Wednesday. The young Englishman has captained the Under-18 Owls side and is someone who can bear responsibilities on his shoulders when presented.
“I trained with the first team a few times and started the pre-season with them. The gaffer must have thought that I did well, so he included me in a match-day squad as a reward, I guess.”
Owl’s first team regular, Barry Bannan, admitted that he is fond of Hunt because they share a similar playing style. “Alex plays the game in the right way, and I think if he keeps on doing the right things and listening to the right people, he will have a good future,” Bannan told The Sheffield Star.
Hunt has made himself comfortable with the new surroundings that are vital for him to improve as an individual and a team player for the club. A traditional club like Wednesday always acknowledges the promotion of homegrown players that glorify their precedented history and tradition.
“Training with big names is always a good experience. Steven Fletcher has played at the top level, and Tom Lees is a good professional, so it brings out the best out of me when I’m around them,” described Hunt.
He was nominated for the League Football of England (LFE) apprentice of the year award in 2018 but was eventually beaten by Tottenham Hotspur’s new signing Ryan Sessegnon. Reaching this stage has motivated him to put more efforts into training and staying fit, which will ultimately take him where he wants to be.
“It was a good achievement for me to get there, and the next step is to be around the first team permanently.”
His first-team debut came in the Carabao Cup against Sunderland where he played 45 minutes at the Stadium of Light. Hunt is a creative midfielder with an impressive free-kick ability that made him a standout performer at the Under-23 level.
“My favourite player of all time is Steven Gerrard because of the way he plays and leads. He inspires me, and I want to be like him,” said Hunt.
His message for young football players that look up to him is based on the ideals that he follows. Hunt may have his eyes set in the lights at Hillsborough, but his aspirations are at a place where only the heart treads.
“Keep believing in yourself, and if you work hard enough, you will get your rewards but never get ahead of yourself. There is always room to improve on your game,” Hunt suggests.
After the departure of Steve Bruce, Lee Bullen will be looking for fresh talent that can spark some energy in the middle of the park for Sheffield Wednesday. New signings Massimo Luongo and Jacob Murphy will keep Alex Hunt on his toes as he looks to make his mark in English football.