Bristol City’s Jack Hunt has told the Sheffield Star that leaving Sheffield Wednesday was the toughest moment of his life.
At the start of last week, everything seemed normal for Hunt. He had been at the fan festival Owls in the Park and his future at the club looked secure. But things would soon change. A bid said to be worth £1.6m was accepted by the club and Hunt was sent south to Bristol so he could discuss personal terms on the move. And soon enough after that, the move was confirmed and Hunt is now a Bristol City player.
Talking after his move, Hunt has said it was incredibly tough to leave the Owls. It was a huge surprise to him when the bid was accepted as he had assumed he would be at the club for years to come but that talks with his new head coach Lee Johnson and the stability of a three-year contracted which persuaded him to switch to Ashton Gate.
He said: “It was a mental couple of days.”
“Even though I was going into the last year of my Wednesday contract, I still didn’t think that I was definitely going to leave. I don’t suppose you ever do but obviously it went very quick.”
“It was a really big, big decision for me,”
“Probably the toughest I’ve had to make in my career with my family circumstances as well.”
“When I came to Sheffield, I could really see myself staying at the club for a long time. I was there three years but I thought it was going to be five, six or maybe seven years. But these things happen so quickly.”
“Even though people will probably look at it and think I had a year left on my Wednesday contract and I could go to Bristol and get a three-year contract, my eldest child starts school in September, I’ve got another one-year-old and only got married 10 days or so ago.”
“I have lived in Leeds and could have easily just stayed locally and given it one more year at Wednesday and walked away for free.”
“But after a conversation with the Bristol manager [Lee Johnson], the chief executive and seeing the city, I just thought it was somewhere I could really enjoy my football and set up my family.”