Wigan have signed former Leeds striker Noel Hunt on a free transfer. He has been with the club for pre-season, and he has impressed Paul Cook.

The 34-year-old began his career with Shamrock Rovers. He went out on loan to Waterford United in 2001. He impressed for Shamrock Rovers in the 2002-03 campaign where he scored fourteen goals in 34 appearances. Hunt signed for Dunfermline in 2003, but he only managed one goal in his first season with the club.

After managing a further seven goals in three years with the club, he signed for Dundee United. He scored ten goals in his first season with the club. Hunt managed thirteen goals in his second season with the club, and he signed for Reading in 2008. He spent five years at Reading, and he managed 33 goals for the Royals.

In 2013 he signed for Leeds. He spent two years with the club but didn’t manage a single goal. While he was with Leeds, he went out on loan to Ipswich, where he managed one goal in four appearances. He signed for the Tractor Boys permanently in 2015. He signed for Southend after he was released by Ipswich. He spent last season with Portsmouth under current Wigan boss Paul Cook.

Paul Cook said this about Hunt “Noel is a top pro whose experience, commitment and quality has already started rubbing off on the squad. He’s a player who trains as he plays, at 100% level, and he will make a significant contribution on and off the field.”

Wigan will be looking for promotion back to the Championship after they were relegated last season. They kick-off their campaign away at MK Dons on Saturday.

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