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Hodge and Hunt sign deals

1 August 2017

Club News

Hodge and Hunt sign deals

1 August 2017

Elliot Hodge and Nicky Hunt have signed contracts with Notts County.

Hunt, 33, is well known to manager Kevin Nolan from their time together at Bolton Wanderers and Leyton Orient.

The full-back played for the Magpies in the 2-1 friendly victory at York last weekend and brings a wealth of experience having made more than 300 professional appearances.

And Hunt is thrilled to be reunited with his former team-mate Nolan.

He said: "I'm delighted to sign here. It's a great club and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"When Kev gives you a ring you know what he's all about and it's fantastic for me to join up with him again.

"I've known him since I was 17 and he's a good friend of mine. His work ethic's tremendous, which is key to success especially in the lower leagues.

"There's a great group here with a mixture of experienced and young lads. I've been very impressed with the players that are here."

Nolan added: "I've spent a lot of time with Nick.

"He's a quality pro with a lot of good experience, which will help the younger lads in the squad.

"He'll fight Matt Tootle, who I've been absolutely delighted with, all the way. We want competition for every position and I feel we're getting there now.

"He can can play right back, centre back or left back and his versatility is a great asset to have.

"He's got a calming influence both on the pitch and off it and I'm delighted to be reunited with him."

Hunt in action against York City

Hodge, a winger, has been on trial at Meadow Lane for the duration of pre-season and has impressed enough to be handed a contract by Nolan.

He said: "I did my scholarship here and learned a lot about the club.

"Since then I've had to go away and learn a lot more about the men's game and thankfully I've been given another opportunity.

"Being on trial is a nervous time because you're never quite sure of where you stand or what's happening.

"But you have to believe in yourself and I just got my head down and got on with the job at hand.

"My best quality is probably my pace. I like to stay wide and get in one-v-one situations with defenders."

Nolan added: "Everyone's been asking me when we're going to sign Elliot.

"We wanted him to spend a good pre-season with us so we could get to know him as a lad and watch him against different types of opposition.

"Fans love players who are direct and quick, but the main thing about him is that his attitude's first class."

Supporters interested in sponsoring Hunt or Hodge's 2017-18 match kit can contact the commercial department by emailing or calling 0115 955 7241.

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