HUNT SIGNS FOR JOIN LEYTON ORIENT
Hunt completes Orient transfer
mansfieldtown.net, 15:54 1st February 2016
Mansfield Town have sold right-back Nicky Hunt to Leyton Orient for an undisclosed fee.
Hunt will again work with O’s manager Kevin Nolan after the pair were team mates at Bolton Wanderers in the early noughties.
Hunt, 32, made 21 appearances this season for the Stags following his signing for the club last summer on a free transfer from Accrington Stanley.
Manager Adam Murray told http://www.mansfieldtown.net: “We received a bid for Nicky on Thursday. It was a surprise to us, and as a football club we weighed up our options.
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“It’s very rare for a football club at League Two level to receive a sum of money for a 32-year-old full back and after consideration, we felt the deal was right all-round from both the club’s perspective and from a football point of view.
“I know Nicky has relations with Leyton Orient’s manager and he wanted to go down and speak to the club - once Nicky’s 'head was turned to that’, we couldn’t stand in his way.
“We thank Nicky for all he has done for us and now move on swiftly.”
Speaking about a potential replacement, Murray added: “We believe that we will be bringing somebody into the building who will make us stronger, not only now but in the future.”
NEWS: Hunt checks in at Orient
Mon 01 Feb 2016, leytonorient.com
Mansfield defender links up with the O's
Leyton Orient have completed the signing of Nicky Hunt from Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee, subject to Football League approval.
The 32-year-old defender has signed initally until the end of the season, though there is an option to extend the contract for a further year.
Hunt graduated through the Bolton Wanderers youth system and went on to spend 10 years at the Macron Stadium, in which he enjoyed nine years playing alongside O's player-manager Kevin Nolan.
Read more at http://www.leytonorient.com/news/article/leyton-orient-complete-nicky-hunt-signing-from-mansfield-town-2927872.aspx#5BW1YAhPC8OBqVmr.99
After leaving Wanderers in 2010, Hunt went on to join Bristol City before having spells at Preston North End, Rotherham, Accrington Stanley and most recently Mansfield - of whom he signed for last summer.
The defender, who made 21 appearances in all competitions for the Stags this season, will wear the number 34 shirt during his time at the Matchroom Stadium.
Hunt told the Orient website that it was an opportunity too good to turn down. Mansfield were great and he hadn't been looking to leave but he had to think of his career and after his career.
Leyton Orient boss Kevin Nolan hopeful over signing Mansfield Town defender Nicky Hunt
East London and West Essex Guardian, by Simon Mail, 30 Jan 2016 (after Leyton Orient vs Cambridge)
Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan hopes the club can complete the signing of Mansfield Town defender Nicky Hunt within the next couple of days.
It is believed Hunt was at Brisbane Road today and the O's are close to completing a deal for the experienced right-back until the end of the season.
Nolan said: "Obviously he's someone we're really interested in and hopefully we will see some positive news in the next 48 hours. Maybe there will be a couple but Nicky's one we're certainly interested.
"I think I said last week we've got a lot of options in the forward line and the midfield. In the defensive line we haven't got too many options. We managed to get [Shaun] Brisley in last week and we're hoping to get one or two more in before the window shuts."
Nolan suffered his first defeat in charge of the side after losing 3-1 to Cambridge United this afternoon.
by John Lomas, chad.co.uk, 14:25 Saturday 30 January 2016 (before Crawley vs Mansfield)
There were two major stories to emerge from today’s Mansfield Town team news at Crawley Town today with the great news that left back Mal Benning is back in the side tainted by the possible shock departure of experienced right back Nicky Hunt.
Hunt is said to be speaking to another League Two club who have come in for him with what is said to be a good offer just three days from the end of the January transfer window.
Nothing has been signed yet but boss Adam Murray said: “The package was very good for the football club.
“Nicky wanted to speak to the club, which we respect. We didn’t expect this, it was totally out of the blue.
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“We weighed up the situation and Nicky is looking at the next stage in his career and looking after himself, which is fine.
“The package was very good for the football club and he is 33 next season, so he had to weigh up the options.
“He wanted to talk to them so we didn’t think it was right to stand in his way and involve him in the squad today. Obviously his mind is elsewhere.
“The deal hasn’t been done. He is in talks today so we’ll see what happens over the next 24 hours.”
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