A scurrying midfielder with a deft left foot that he uses to good effect at set pieces, Stephen Hunt has been used largely as a substitute by Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni in competitive matches. He now plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC after previous Premier League stints with Reading FC and Hull City AFC.
• Chose football over the Gaelic sport of hurling in his youth and left Ireland for England in his late teens, joining Crystal Palace FC.
• Failed to make the grade at Palace but moved to another London club, Brentford FC, where he had a very different experience, scoring 25 goals in 136 league appearances − all in the third tier − and earning a move to Championship outfit Reading.
• Immediately helped Reading to the title but his debut Premier League campaign was marred by a collision with Petr Čech that left the Chelsea FC goalkeeper with a broken skull; missed only one game in 2007/08 but unable to save the Royals from relegation.
• Became a regular international for Ireland during his time at Reading, scoring his first international goal, from the penalty spot, in a November 2008 friendly against Poland (2-3); appeared in ten 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and seven en route to UEFA EURO 2012.
• Joined Hull from Reading in 2010 but was relegated from the Premier League for the second time in three seasons and moved to Wolves, who survived the drop on the last day thanks to his goal late in the final game against Blackburn Rovers FC.
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