Pool offer trial to Hunt

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Blackpool have handed a trial to former Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt.

The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving Wolves at the end of last season.

He was quoted almost a month ago in an Irish newspaper report claiming he was close to signing a deal at Bloomfield Road, although nothing materialised at the time.

But after talking to several clubs, Hunt has agreed to come to Blackpool for a week to allow manager Paul Ince to run the rule over his fitness.

Hunt, who also played in the Premier League for Reading and Hull, trained with the Seasiders last Thursday and Friday and is expected to do so again today.

He has made over 300 League appearances but doesn’t sound in a hurry to find a new club. He said: “I’ve had some decent offers and I’m just looking for the right time. I’m taking a little bit of a gamble but in the long run it might be worth it for me.

“I liken it to a game of poker. I’ve been dealt a few hands in the last few weeks that I’ve kind of thrown back into the mix, waiting for a different one – a pair of kings hopefully!”