Swindon Town are delighted to announce Rob Hunt has signed a year’s extension to his current deal, keeping him at the club until June 2022.
Rob led the squad for appearances and minutes played during the 2019/20 title-winning season and we are over the moon that he has decided to prolong his stay at the County Ground.
Hunt's natural position is at right-back but he has been just as effective when deployed on the left. During his first year with the club, Hunt notched up his 100th appearance in the EFL at just 25-years-old.
Before arriving at the County Ground, the versatile defender started his journey at the Brighton academy and was in and around Chris Hughton’s Premier League promotion-winning said as a squad player after signing pro at the Amex; however, he only made one appearance during that season.
In January 2017, Hunt joined Oldham, originally on-loan before making the move permanent later that year. In his time in Greater Manchester, he racked up 80 appearances under various managers at Boundary Park.
After re-uniting with Richie Wellens last year, Hunt became an ever-present at full-back, playing every league minute up until Christmas. The 25-year-old started the season on his more natural right side but after the arrival of Paul Caddis in November, Hunt made the switch to left-back and slotted in naturally, proving his division-leading capabilities whichever side of the back four he was on, and whichever foot he was using.
His defensive reliability coupled with consistent contributions in the final third made him one of the League Two Champions’ most important players. In his first season at SN1, he tallied seven assists and one goal, with his first goal being taking off him by a dubious goals panel after a deflected effort found the net against Leyton Orient in early September.
In January, after returning from illness over Christmas, Hunt opened the scoring in the ultimately crucial win over Crewe.
Upon signing his contract extension, Hunt said:
“It was a really easy decision to extend for another year. The club’s been brilliant for me this season; not only the lads and all the staff members but the fans as well. They have been behind the team throughout the season which is unreal to see every week when you step foot onto the pitch.
“I’ve enjoyed this year so much on and off the field. The football we have played at times has been unbelievable but off the field, as well, the positivity and togetherness through the season, even when times got tough; that shows the real quality of this team.
I’m looking forward to getting back to football after these crazy times and hoping the fans can come and enjoy the new season and a good year of football in League One.”