With just eleven games to go until the end of the season, being talked off as contender for player of the season is far from Adam Hunt’s mind.
While the hard-working, versatile defender/midfielder has only scored just once this season in Dom Di Paola’s free scoring side, he has been quietly carving out a reputation amongst Horsham supporters as a midfield engine driving games with his calmness and composure on and off the ball providing some excellent assists as well as breaking up play in midfield.
When Jordan Clarke departed for Worthing early on in the season, many felt the midfield engine would be hard to replace, and with Kevin Keehan still suffering from the effects of injury, Dom Di Paola called upon ‘Hunty’ to fill in the void.
While not his preferred choice of position, Hunt quickly showed he was more than comfortable in the role with a string of accomplished displays while adding to the options available to his manager. Di Paola has made no secret of his fondness for utility players that can slot in and out of various positions and its little wonder that Hunt’s footballing resume has followed the path of that of the former East Preston boss.
“it’s an odd one” he said “in all honesty I see myself as a right sided full-back, Dom and I have spoken about this a few times, but he’s sat me down and explained he sees me more as a utility player but I’m happy to fit into the team wherever I’m needed.” He went on, adding “I just try and work hard for the team whatever position I’m playing in”
That hard work has not been lost on some sections of Horsham supporters but Hunty remains modest when it’s suggested he could be up there for the player of the season award come the end of campaign “I’ve got to admit it’s quite a surprise to hear that, it’s a nice compliment but there are so many of the squad who are probably up there for that. We’ve got some good players, with lots of experience who have won things at this level and higher up. Doddy has scored a lot of goals, Pammy and Boswell have been excellent on the wings scoring and creating assists, also the defenders – they really deserve a mention because Ash Jones and Charlie Farmer are just fantastic at the back keeping our goals against tally so low”
Speaking to Hunt, it’s evident he plays for the team and not for himself but the former Worthing man insists all of the squad have exactly the same mind set and it’s that mentality that he believes has seen the club lose just once all season as they close in on a potential return to the Ryman League at the first attempt since relegation last season.
“We’re in a great position, we keep grinding results out and we’re consistent, a lot of teams turn up against us and treat it as a cup final because of who this club is. We’ve had some tough games this season but it’s important we keep working hard until the end of it and make sure we break these teams down” he said.
The twenty-nine year old insists he and his teammates are focused on winning the league and giving the supporters something to be proud about after seeing the club slide from the Ryman Premier Division into the County League
“”All the players want to win the league and pick up a winners medal but we all know that the fans deserve to see their team back up there in the Ryman League, they are just superb and I’ve never played for a club quite like it” Hunt went on to applaud the supporters further stating “they are just unreal, everyone in the dressing room knows they can get an extra 10-15% from them just from the side-lines and it just pushes us that bit further, I’m really enjoying playing here, the club is run incredibly well from the Chairman right the way down – people care a lot about this club. There is a long way to go yet but everyone is all pulling in the right direction”
Adam Hunt was speaking to Matt Dale.