Hunt looking to regain No 1 jersey
Quinaceo Hunt, the Bermuda goalkeeper, is happy to be back on his feet and is keen to regain his place in the Wakefield AFC first team.
The 20-year-old has spent the past few weeks recovering from a torn quad muscle, which he suffered during his team’s 2-1 win away to Houghton Main FC in the league on February 8.
“It was a good game and I was playing well until the injury,” said Hunt, who saved a penalty before his injury. “It was a goal kick and it [injury] just happened kicking the ball.
“Recovery is going well,” he said. “I should be on the pitch next week.”
Wakefield are in their inaugural season in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior Football League Premier, having joined the league at the start of the 2019-20 campaign.
“Wakefield is a brand new club who are willing to help players progress in the game of football,” Hunt said.
“My team-mates and I motivate each other to be the best because we all have the same goal, to play professionally. The fans are the best; always there to encourage and be by your side throughout the whole game.”
Wakefield are seventh in the league, which is the eleventh tier of the English football league pyramid.
“The level that I am playing at is very competitive,” said Hunt, who was part of Bermuda’s squad for the Concacaf Gold Cup last summer.
“It helps young players like me to become mentally strong and it prepares them for the next step.”
Hunt is surrounded by experience at Wakefield as manager Chris Turner, who also serves as the club’s chairman, is a former Manchester United, Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper.
“He gives me pointers at times to help me improve,” said Hunt, who won every senior domestic title during a previous stint with PHC Zebras.
He joined Wakefield last August and admits the transition from local to English football has not come without its share of challenges.
“The transition was very difficult,” Hunt said. “I am now in a different environment; the weather conditions are a lot different from Bermuda. I also had to get used to the style of plays that Wakefield FC implemented.”
Hunt, who was voted as the Bermuda Football Association’s Goalkeeper of the Year two seasons ago, is grateful to have been given the opportunity to play overseas.
“I have always hoped I would get the opportunity to play overseas,” he said.
Wakefield’s top priority is to become a football league club.
“The ambition as a club is to thrive and prosper,” Turner told The Yorkshire Post.
“This is not a project where there are hundreds and thousands of pounds being poured into it in order to buy the best players and shoot up the leagues.
“We’re going to develop players, develop teams, develop the club, develop support and develop with the community — that is what it is all about.
“We’re not sitting here thinking we’re going to waltz into the EFL.
“We just want to progress slowly but surely and make sure that the basis of the club stays here for many years to come.”
Wakefield is the largest city in England without a professional football team.
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