Crawley target Hunt joins Oldham on loan

Crawley Town target Rob Hunt has joined League One side Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the season.

He will be available for their game against Bradford City at Boundary Park this weekend.

The 21-year-old Dagenham-born defender has made eight first-team appearances for his contracted club Brighton & Hove Albion this season: one Championship appearance and seven cup ties in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.

Manager Chris Hughton commented, “This is a great move for Rob, and one which we feel will benefit all parties. The opportunity is there for him to go and play regular football, week in, week out in League One and that will really benefit his development.

“There is no doubting he is a player with great potential, but at this stage he needs to be out there playing regularly. Initially it had been the plan to send him on loan in the summer, but with the injury to Liam, we needed him with the first team as cover for the full-back positions.

“He’s benefited from training with the first team, and from playing in a number of the cup competitions, but now he wants to go out on loan and play regularly, and it is a good time for him go and do that.”

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