Stephen still hunting move

Last updated : 12 July 2003 By

Hunt: Future still far from certain
Stephen Hunt has signed a week to week contract at Brentford, but is still hopeful of securing a desired move to fellow Nationwide Second Division side, Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 21-year-old, who netted for the Bees in one of the three practice games held at Millwall yesterday (Thursday), is still refusing to put pen to paper on the improved twelve-month contract offer made to him by the club nearly two weeks ago.

Now in another twist, it is reported that Brentford manager, Wally Downes may only be willing to give opportunities to players totally committed to the club during the pre-season build-up.

It this is indeed the case, there is a distinct possibility that the want away Irishman might be left kicking his heels on the sidelines.

The long running 'on-off' transfer saga with Stephen Hunt has to be resolved for the benefit of all concerned as soon as possible.

It seems absurd that such a talented individual may miss out on all of the pre-season preparations and surely a compromise can be reached, whereby Brighton & Hove Albion or indeed any other would be suitor accepts to pay Brentford reasonable compensation for the player.

Brentford for their part could perhaps try even harder to reach an amicable agreement with Hunt, whereby should he be unable to secure his desired transfer, the 21-year-old would at least be willing to play for the club for the entirety of the new season. This would appear to make sense, considering that the Bees are currently short of real quality attacking options at the moment.

However, should these outcomes fail to materialise, the real damage can only be to the Irishman himself, who needs to be playing regular first team football