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‘Top signing’ – Plenty of Portsmouth fans got it wrong about this 2016 capture

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Portsmouth weren’t in a great place during the summer of 2016. 

After three seasons in League Two they’d endured a 16th placed finish, yet their FA Cup win was also still fresh in the memory. The club’s collapse had been remarkable and they needed steering in the right direction. A failed play-off assault led them to hunt fresh players to aid their promotion push.

One player they hoped might be able to help them do it was Noel Hunt. The Republic of Ireland striker boasted Leeds and Reading amongst his former clubs, but added Pompey to that list with a view to helping them get out of the basement division.

It was a warmly received move in some quarters. They needed to add goals to their side and Hunt had scored regularly for Dundee United and Reading. At 33-years-old he wasn’t getting any younger, but for League Two he seemed quite a coup.

He made just four starts for Pompey, adding a further 14 outings form the bench, but only scored once. He was nothing more than a bit-part player in a season which ended with promotion to League One. When that came, Hunt was shifted out of the club.

Rather remarkably, he earned a move to Wigan Athletic, also in League One. However, seven outings from the bench for them didn’t yield a goal and he left there in the summer too.

He ended up moving to Waterford in Ireland, but later joined Swindon Town as assistant manager to Ritchie Wellens. he also registered as a player, but hasn’t been forced into action.

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