This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Sheffield Wednesday have announced that young midfield prospect Alex Hunt has signed a new contract with the club, keeping him at Hillsborough until 2021 at the very least.
It isn’t a coincidence that the 19-year-old extended his stay in south Yorkshire at the same time the club appointed a new manager.
After all, this is a boss who has an emphasis on youth.
Speaking to The Star, Garry Monk said: “I have always used young players at every club I have been at. I have always promoted that.”
At Leeds United, Ronaldo Vieira came through the academy setup while with Middlesborough, Marcus Tavernier and Lewis Wing featured in parts.
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The 40-year-old has barely been at the club for a week and he’s already promoted midfielder Conor Grant to the first-team fold, inviting him to train with the squad and now another promising player has received a new contract.
Hunt has been tipped for a bright future from none other than Barry Bannan in the past, after his performances for the U18s as captain earned him some first-team recognition under former boss Jos Luhukay.
The Scotland international said: “Alex is a very good player and is one who has caught the eye in training.
“He plays in a pretty similar way to me, which is probably why I like him as well.
“Alex plays the game in the right way, and I think if he keeps on doing the right things and listening to the right people, he will have a good future.”
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Hunt was nominated alongside Ryan Sessegnon and Danny Loader for an Apprentice of the Year award in 2018, which is quite remarkable considering how talented the two names alongside him are.
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The 19-year-old has been at the club since the age of seven and has made just one senior appearance, but with a manager like Monk in control, this could be someone that now thrives.
If you consider the glowing appraisals he’s received and Monk’s emphasis on younger individuals, the future bodes well.