Noel Hunt said his goodbyes to a ‘top class’ club in Wigan Athletic as he confirmed he’ll be taking on a new role as player/assistant manager with Waterford in his native Ireland.
As Hunt himself admitted in Thursday’s Wigan Post, he still harboured playing ambitions despite turning 35 last December.
Latics had offered him a 12-month extension but, with the added bonus of a coaching role being thrown into the Waterford deal, Hunt couldn’t say no to a return to Ireland.
“Thanks to everyone involved with Wigan over the last 12 months, it was a great year for everyone involved,” he acknowledged.
“Everyone has been nothing but top class with me and I will always have a place in my heart for each and every one of you.
“If I can every do anything in the future to help, you all know where I am!”
Despite only being at the DW for a single season, the ex-Ireland international clearly made an impression on the dressing room.
“You will be missed brother, but still got so much to give the game,” tweeted skipper Sam Morsy, direct from Egypt’s World Cup training camp.
Chairman David Sharpe added: “You’ve been a pleasure to have at the club. In only a short space of time you made a big impact on everyone. Wishing you all the luck in your next career move!”