Hunt content with Royals

Irish wide man ready to flourish at the Madejski

Hunt: Happy at Royals

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Stephen Hunt is refusing to be downbeat about Reading's miserable form of late and on the contrary is 'delighted' to be staying with the Premier League strugglers.

The Republic of Ireland international was the subject of numerous unsuccessful bids by Sunderland to lure him to the North East in the January transfer window, as Royals boss Steve Coppell vowed to keep the 27-year-old at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading have lost their last six in the league but Hunt is confident they will be able to arrest this slide and work their way back up the table.

"I'm delighted to sign this new deal and show my commitment to Reading. I enjoy my football here. Now we look to the rest of the season.

"I believe the club can keep going forward in the next few years and I want to play my part in that.

"The contract was all agreed about 10 or 11 days ago. It was just a matter of solicitors sorting everything out."

England left-back Nicky Shorey, once widely predicted to join West Ham during the transfer window, is also understood to be in talks about a new contract at the Madejski Stadium.