Stephen Hunt is keen to add his input to Wolves’ battle to move away from the lower reaches of the npower Championship table after shrugging off a frustrating season so far.
The livewire winger is back fit again after a problematic hip/groin problem, and was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Leeds.
He had come off the bench to play at left back in the previous home game with Blackpool, and is ready and willing if called upon to add his quality and experience amid a difficult time for Wolves.
“I’m feeling good and feeling fit now and it’s just a case of getting back in the team now and trying to show what I can do,” said Hunt, in an interview featured in Saturday’s matchday programme.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and hopefully I’m going to be involved between now and the end of the season.
“I’ve been working hard in the gym making sure I can get back fit and I came on against Blackpool and then had half of the reserve game against West Brom.
“It’s just been a case of playing football again and getting a feel for it.
“Players put a lot of work in behind the scenes whether you are fit or injured and trying to come back.
“The physios have been great with me as well.
“Carl (Howarth) has been working with me tirelessly and if he had hair to lose he’d have lost it that’s for sure.
“Once you know in your head you have done everything you can to try and get fit then you have a clear conscience and can play with more confidence knowing you have given everything.
“Wardy’s injured neck at five to three got me back in at Blackpool.
“In a way it was a bonus to be involved so soon and I was keen to do well.
“I’ve played at left back before and maybe fancy myself to play there in a few years’ time.
“To be honest I’d be happy to play anywhere - left back, left wing, right wing, midfield, in the hole.
“Hopefully I can provide the manager with a few options.”
It was only Danny Batth’s injury time equaliser against Leeds which kept Wolves out of the relegation zone at the weekend, and Hunt admits not winning has the potential to become something of a habit.
But he is confident Wolves will stay positive and stay together to ensure they get out of trouble.
“There is such a thing as a winning habit and there is also such a thing as a losing habit,” he says.
“We have to get the winning habit back and quickly because the league table does not lie – we’re fourth from bottom and have to be realistic.
“We’ve got to pick up results from now until the end of the season that will stand us in good stead to get us up the league and get us in a good position for next year confidence-wise.
“We’re fourth from bottom so we have to be realistic about things.
“Every club of a decent size always pull together when things get tough.
“For us now it is important not to get too down and keep good spirits around the place to get things on the right track.
“And it’s about wanting to do well as a team.
“The new manager has come in with some good ideas and with enthusiasm and wants the club to progress.
“He seems to like me and that breeds confidence if you go out on the pitch and think the manager likes you as a player.
“When you are losing for a long time it can be hard to drag yourself out and only the strongest ill survive.
“I know I will be able to drag myself out and will never get down about it because what we do for a living is fantastic and we are very fortunate.”
Hunt’s current contract at Molineux expires this summer.
Far from simply expecting to win another based on past history and past experience he knows that any chance of a new deal depends on impressing and helping the team escape their current predicament.
“It is always easy to say ‘yes I want to sign a contract’, but genuinely I am happy here,” says Hunt.
“My family are settled which means a lot and I really enjoy it at Wolves.
“All I want to do is play football and so I have to do what I can to impress the manager between now and the end of the season.
“I have got to do well and earn the right if I want to have a chance of a new deal.”