Search

Nicky ends O’s Hunt for a defender

14:31 01 February 2016

Nicky Hunt (left) in action for League Two side Accrington Stanley last season (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Nicky Hunt (left) in action for League Two side Accrington Stanley last season (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu

Kevin Nolan brings former Bolton Wanderers team mate to Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient have announced the signing of Mansfield Town captain Nicky Hunt on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 32-year-old is a former team-mate of O’s player-manager Kevin Nolan and moves to Brisbane Road on a deal until the end of the season.

He has the option to extend his stay with the east Londoners when the current campaign finishes if the switch proves to be good for both parties.

Nolan confirmed on Saturday, after the 3-1 loss to Cambridge United, that he was interested in signing the defender.

Hunt played with Orient’s player-manager for eight seasons at Bolton Wanderers and is another alternative at right-back for the club.

It is an interesting switch for the experienced defender who has captained Mansfield this year and led them to success.

The Stags are currently seventh in the standings and a point above the O’s after winning 1-0 at Crawley Town at the weekend.

Hunt missed that match as he was at Brisbane Road, but he did play the full 90 minutes in Mansfield’s 2-1 win at Morecambe last Tuesday.

Now the defender departs the Field Mill outfit having only joined them in June from fellow League Two rivals Accrington Stanley.

The former Bolton ace will bring a wealth of experience with him and is another player with leadership qualities.

Not many would have expected Orient to pay a fee for a defender over the age of 30, considering they have Sean Clohessy in that position already.

But it shows again that president Francesco Becchetti is willing to back Nolan, who has talked about wanting competition all over the pitch and Hunt’s arrival is another option for him.

After Saturday’s poor display at the back, it is no surprise to see the east Londoners looking to recruit in that area going into the final part of the campaign.

Latest East London Sports News

Tomorrow, 14:30
Edward Kennett of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Hammers coach wants a win-double against Midlands rivals

18:26
Great Britain's modern pentathlon men face the camera (pic: Clare Green/Matchtight)

Tough day for former Coopers pupil

18:00
Mark Hunter shows off his Olympic medals (pic: George Powell/SAS)

Former Olympic champion looks ahead to World Cup event

Lloyd James celebrates after scoring at York City with then Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Ex-Wales under-21 international discusses impact the former West Ham United captain had at Brisbane Road

15:39
TopGolf are offering free lessons for over-55s, including at their Chigwell venue (pic: Sam Docker Photography)

Sports venue hope offer leads to more choosing a healthier life

Anwar Uddin has left Sporting Bengal United after spending the 2015/16 season with the Mile End Stadium club (pic: Tim Edwards).

Old Daggers captain will be alongside the likes of Craig Mackail-Smith, Paul Benson and more this weekend

John Mackie (red) shakes hands with Gary Alexander before the pair do battle at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road (pic: Play With A Legend).

Two key players from O’s 2006 promotion winning squad were back on the pitch in east London on Thursday (May 19)

12:00
Sir Bradley Wiggins will return to London for the Six Day event in October (pic: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Belgian superstar already looking forward to October’s event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe