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LOAN: Defender makes short-term switch

Hunt heads to Yeovil

26 December 2020

Carlisle United can confirm that defender Max Hunt has joined National League side Yeovil Town on a 28-day loan deal.

Hunt, 21, joined the Blues on an 18-month contract from Derby County during the January 2020 transfer window.

He had spent the first half of the 2019/20 campaign on-loan from the Rams with Aldershot Town, where he scored once in his 22 appearances.

The imposing centre back, who stands at 6’6”, established himself with the under-23s with County during the 18/19 season and captained the side on multiple occasions as he made 20 appearances in all competitions.

He joined Derby from Matlock Town in January 2018 and became a regular feature at the heart of Darren Wassall’s defence before heading out for his loan spell in Aldershot.

He made a total of nine appearances for the Blues, most recently in the Papa John’s Trophy home win over Aston Villa where he took on the duties of team captain.

Manager Chris Beech said: “Max is a player who has developed a lot over the course of the last twelve months.

“He’s worked hard on his footwork and on how he uses his body, and he’s become a good passer of the football.

“He’s more solid when it comes to defending and heading and he has a much better understanding of what’s needed to play professional football.

“I’m really enjoying working with him and he’s been unfortunate not to start more games.”

“Obviously with Rod McDonald back to being fit it provides a lot of competition for one position, and Max has made it clear that he’s chomping at the bit and he just wants to be playing,” he continued.

“This move allows him to go and play first team football regularly which, in turn, will allow us to judge his progress from that point.

“He’s definitely not being put out on loan to be forgotten. It’s all part of being able to look at everyone as part of the squad and to give them what they need.

“For Max, this is an opportunity for him to make a difference at a club that, looking at the league table, needs a bit of a lift. Hopefully he’ll be able to help them out.

“He’s there for 28 days as things stand, but these things can change over time. With the way things are going with the virus, and games called off, who knows anything about what could happen further down the line any more.

“We deal with what we can deal with now, and that’s why he’s going down to Yeovil to get game time and to try to make an impact. He’s got all of our support with that and he understands that he isn’t going out as a forgotten man.

“He’s gone there to progress himself and, within that, to look at representing us in the future because of how well he does down there.”

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