Rodgers expects Hunt exit
Brendan Rodgers expects Stephen Hunt to leave Reading but insists he will depart on good terms.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 08/07/09 5:48pm
Reading manager Brendan Rodgers expects Stephen Hunt to leave the club shortly but insists he will depart on good terms.
Rodgers has already had to deal with the departure of star striker Kevin Doyle to Wolves last week and he now seems resigned to losing another of his big names.
Hunt expressed a desire to move from the Madejski Stadium last month but having failed to attract any offers the Irishman returned for the first day of pre-season training on Wednesday.
Despite the lack of interest Rodgers believes the midfielder is more than capable of cutting it in the Premier League and even praised the 27-year-old's character.
"Stephen has made it clear that he is looking to go and he is not crying and he is not walking in here with the hump every day," he told Sky Sports News.
"He is a good man and he can play in the Premier League, there is no question about that, and obviously with the interest that there has been in him that is something he will look to do.
"But it is nothing new it's not something that has solely happened since I have come through the door.
"Stephen has made it clear for the past six months to a year that he would like to move on.
"What I know is that I respect him since I have been here and his work has been fantastic so there should be no hangover for him.
"He's made it public he would want to go which is fine, there is no problem with that but when he's a Reading playing he will continue to give his best because that's the type of character he is.
"We just need to see what develops but he is working well and I've not got a problem with him."
Royals director of football Nick Hammond confirmed that the club had yet to receive a bid for Hunt despite reported interest from the likes of Everton and Sunderland.
"Nothing is on the table or happening with that," he said. "He has been in training over the past two days and is working hard.
"He's a professional and while he remains a Reading player he will be working hard in training with the rest of the squad."