Stephen Hunt: My wild celebrations were aimed at Blackpool chairman

Stephen Hunt (far right) celebrates wildly following Ipswich Town's dramatic 3-2 win at Blackpool

Stephen Hunt (far right) celebrates wildly following Ipswich Town's dramatic 3-2 win at Blackpool - Credit: Archant

Stephen Hunt has revealed just why he celebrated so wildly following Ipswich Town’s dramatic 3-2 win at Blackpool last weekend.

The 32-year-old signed a two-month ‘pay as you play’ deal at Portman Road last week, becoming reunited with his former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy.

It finally ended a number of months without a club for the Republic of Ireland international who, reportedly on £32,000-a-week at Molineux, saw a number of switches fall through following a summer release.

One of those moves was to Blackpool who, ironically, he made his Blues debut against at the weekend, coming on as a 71st minute substitute and playing a big role in Daryl Murphy’s dramatic stoppage-time winner.

Speaking in an interview with Irish radio station Newstalk 106, he explained: “I was excited going to Blackpool where I was unfairly treated. I wasn’t treated nice by them and that gave me a bigger incentive.

“If anyone has seen the goal celebrations, I was like a raving lunatic when we scored the third goal. I jumped about four or five foot in the air and it was directly pointed at the chairman (Karl Oyston) because he was the main one who didn’t treat me well. I was delighted to get the three points.”

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On reflection, the left-winger says it was probably a good thing that Tangerines defender Gary MacKenzie headed his goalbound injury-time shot over the bar moments before Murphy’s winner.

“If that had gone in I would probably have been sent off!” he laughed. “I’d been booked on the halfway line and my goal celebration would have been something else!”

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Having impressed in a trial, Hunt looked set to join Blackpool in September but the deal broke down with manager Paul Ince citing the Ireland international’s wage requirements.

He said: “The demands he wanted were just ridiculous for someone who had only played the last 10 games at Wolves.

“Myself and the chairman said we weren’t prepared to pay that amount of money for someone who’s been injured for quite a while and was coming here to show me his fitness.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’s a lovely lad and a good kid, but if those demands had been a little bit lower, we’d have done the deal four or five weeks ago.”

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