Having spent the first half of the season with Grimsby Town, Alex Hunt now looks forward to a new chapter after joining Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of 2021/22.
The midfielder is enjoying his most productive season to date, having made 18 first team appearances and scoring his maiden professional goal, and is looking to add to his experience by playing regular league football with the Latics.
The 21-year-old’s season began with Grimsby, a move that Hunt looks back on fondly as his first consistent foray into the men’s game.
Hunt said: “I enjoyed it, playing against different types of opponents each week and your body has to get used to playing Saturday/Tuesday.
“There are milestones in your career, you want your first contract and your first start, then it’s your first goal, so to do that was a big moment for me and my family.
“The fans were second to none. They had a great turn out every week and I can’t thank them enough for getting behind us.
“It’s made me become a better player and person. The step between the Under-23s and first team football is massive, and it just shows the importance of going out and playing games on a regular basis.”
Upon returning to Hillsborough at the start of January, Hunt signed a new contract with the Owls before heading back out on loan with League Two Oldham, making his debut on Saturday against Harrogate.
He added: “Wednesday are my boyhood club and I always want to play here, that’s still my end goal.
“When I came back from Grimsby I sat down with the manager and had a good chat with him.
“He was really pleased with how I was progressing and wanted me to keep getting more game time and when a loan opportunity came in from League Two, the gaffer said it was a no-brainer.
“It's a step up and another chance for me to challenge myself.
“I’m buzzing to be at Oldham, it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to facing head on.”
Despite spending most of the campaign away from Hillsborough, Hunt remains in the thoughts of Owls supporters as they track his progress from afar, something the youngster is very much aware of:
“I can’t thank them enough for the support they have given me, even when out on loan, it’s nice to see they follow my progress.
“They understand I’m a boyhood player and know that I give everything every time I put a Wednesday shirt on.”