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Fresh Start For Hunte


13:29 25th July 2014

Jackett keen to see progress

Kenny Jackett is looking forward to seeing how young signing Connor Hunte develops after he joined the Under-21 squad.

Hunte, an England-under-17 international who was previously with Chelsea, has signed a one-year contract and will make his latest pre-season appearance in tonight’s friendly with Margate.

“With Conor I see a talented player who I can understand why our recruitment guys were keen to bring in,” said Jackett.

“He’s been having trials on a regular basis for the last year and trying to get a club, but he hasn’t actually been signed by anyone.

“For him now it’s a fresh start, a new opportunity and he gets to get out of London, up here and it will be interesting to see how he develops.

“They do say he has terrific ability and that in the right environment he could shine given the right opportunity that Chelsea didn’t feel they could give him.”

Midfielder Hunte was a player who has attracted plenty of interest in his formative years, but Jackett is more than happy to look ahead at how the Londoner can progress under Scott Sellars at Wolves.

“The standards at Chelsea are very high, basically it’s world class.

“The calibre of players they’re looking for – particularly from 17 onwards – is absolutely top class.

“He has a lot of pace, he’s as quick if not quicker than anyone in that Under-21s group, which is good for a wide man and he has a lot of ability.

“He’s a player who can play behind the striker or in a wide area either side.

“I’ve seen the 21s train and I watched him train yesterday so it will be interesting to see how they develop as it’s a new group.

“Some have come up from the youth team and others have come in, of which he’s one.

“It will be interesting to see how he develops now with a new coach in Scott Sellars.”

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