United's Hunt For Noel Finally Over

Ben Hoskins

Leeds United today announced their third signing of the summer in the shape of former Reading man Noel Hunt.

Brian McDermott has finally got his man as Noel Hunt joins Leeds United on a two-year deal. The deal that sees the former Reading striker join up with McDermott for a second time was hardly a secret but the United manager will be relieved to get this one over the line.

The Republic of Ireland International started his career at Shamrock Rovers before moving to Scotland to ply his trade for Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United. Hunt was then scouted by Brian McDermott at Reading where he went on to make 162 appearances for the Royals between 2008-2013. Hunt now becomes McDermott's third and least surprising signing of the summer so far. The 30 year-old will wear the number 10 shirt at Elland Road and is likely to make his debut alongside Matt Smith and Luke Murphy at Farsley this weekend.

United manager Brian McDermott had the following to say:

"Noel is a player that I scouted five years ago when he was playing for Dundee United.

We spent £500,000 on him at the time, and that was money very well spent. He's an infectious character and I'm sure he will engage Leeds United fans with his desire and determination, and never say die attitude.

He will bring an awful lot to our squad on and off the pitch, and I'm delighted he's chosen to come and play for Leeds."

Whilst Hunt isn't the most prolific goalscorer, I feel his never say die attitude touched upon by McDermott will become very popular with the Leeds fans. The United gaffer is now starting to make the squad his own, it's going to be interesting to see who signing number four will be.

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