UPDATED: Ipswich Town sign Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town have signed Stephen Hunt on a one-year deal, Mick McCarthy has confirmed.

Hot on the heels of former Manchester City winger Alex Henshall signing a permanent contract at Town, Republic of Ireland midfielder Hunt, 32, is also joining the Blues.

The experienced former Reading schemer agreed a short-term deal at Portman Road last season and never hid his desire to return to Suffolk on a longer contract after departing last month.

McCarthy signed Hunt at Wolves and watched last season as the diminutive wide player made 24 league and cup appearances for the Blues.

“I’m delighted with that not only because of what he brings on the pitch but what he brings off it, he’s a great character around the place,” said McCarthy.

Hunt is expected to be at Playford Road later this week for pre-season training, which officially began today, and will be joined by ex-Town loanee Henshall, who has signed a two-year deal, with an option for a further year.

The England Under-16 and 17 international was released by Premier League champions Manchester City in the summer and has enjoyed loan spells with Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield.

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He failed to make an appearance for the Blues last season, but did enough to convince McCarthy of his ability.

“When he (McCarthy) told me he wanted to keep me here, I was obviously delighted,” Henshall said.

“Ipswich was always at the top of my list and it was an easy decision for me to make. I spoke to my family and my agent but it was a no-brainer really.

“I know the lads from being here on loan and they are a great bunch. I know what the manager wants from me and I like working under him and with the club moving forward in the right direction, everything felt right.

“I can’t wait to get going now and hopefully force my way into the team, either in pre-season or during the season.”

Elsewhere, ex-Town loanee Frazer Richardson has signed a two-year deal with Rotherham United, after leaving Middlesbrough, while McCarthy confirmed the Millers were also looking at Paul Green.

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