Leeds United striker Hunt leaves

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Noel Hunt
Striker Noel Hunt has parted company with Leeds United after his contract was ended by mutual consent.

The Republic of Ireland international, who had just returned to the club after a loan spell with Ipswich Town, is now free to find an alternative club.

Hunt, 32, made 22 appearances for United and failed to score, but did find the net on his debut for Ipswich and is thought to be interesting them on a permanent move.

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His final appearance for United came at Elland Road when he was a substitute in the 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Accrington Stanley on August 12.

Hunt’s contract still had six months to run after he signed a two-year deal on a free transfer from Reading, but he never got going at Elland Road and has been frozen out of the first team picture by successive managers.

Hunt told the Leeds United website that he felt no bitterness towards anyone at the club.

He said: “All the way from the president, to all the coaching and general staff at Thorp Arch and at Elland Road, I’d like to say thank you.

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“Everyone made the experience as enjoyable as possible and I’d also like to thank the supporters for everything you have shown me. I leave the club with many happy memories.

“My home is in Leeds and that will continue and I have made many friends during my time at the club.

“It didn’t quite happen for me here for whatever reason. But I appreciate the support I have received, whether that be on or off the field.

“I love the club and I’ll be taking the positives from my time at Leeds United.

“I wish all the boys, Neil Redfearn and the supporters well for the rest of the season and the future.”