Jack joins Premier League Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town has completed the transfer of Jack Hunt to Premier League club Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.
The move ends 22 year-old Jack’s 13 year association with the Terriers; he first joined the Academy at the age of nine.
After graduating from the Academy and signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2009, Jack got his first taste of senior football at Blue Square Bet National side Grays Athletic in February 2010. That was soon supplemented by a successful loan at League 2 Chesterfield during the first half of the 2010/11 season, after which he returned to Town and broke into the side.
Jack’s full debut came against Arsenal at the Emirates in the FA Cup in January 2011. He has gone onto make 121 appearances for the Terriers, scoring four goals – playing a pivotal role as the Club firstly secured promotion to the Championship via the League 1 Play-Off Final in May 2012 and then during the last Championship campaign.
Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins explained:
“Jack has been a valued member of the squad during my time at the Club and I would like to wish him the best of luck at Crystal Palace. It's a great move for Jack and it’s also the right move for the Club. It’s important for us to continue to show this Club develops players, has a flourishing Academy which will produce more home grown players for the first team.
“I’m sure our fans will immediately wonder if we will now look at bringing in another player, but Jack’s departure doesn’t impact upon our recruitment policy and plans at the Club. As a team we are constantly looking at players and assessing opportunities to improve and take things forward, as we have demonstrated, and that will not change.”
“I’d like to thank the Chairman Dean Hoyle and the Board of Directors for everything during my time at the Club. If it wasn’t for them I would have probably moved on after my loans away, but they showed incredible faith and trust in me and have played a massive part in starting my career.
“I would also like to thank all Huddersfield Town fans. As a young player, they really helped me settle into the team – right from my full debut at Arsenal and ever since.
“I’ve been at the Club for a very long time and it will always hold a special place in my heart, but now I have an exciting new challenge to go and play Premier League football against some of the world’s best players.
“I’ve made a lot of friends at Huddersfield Town in terms of players and coaches and I would like to thank them all too. With the Chairman, Nigel Clibbens, Ross Wilson and the Manager Mark Robins in charge, I believe the Club’s future is very bright.”
Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle added:
“Right from his initial loan at Grays Athletic we had a strong belief in Jack's ability. We could have sold him after his loans, but backed him to succeed and push on. Like all young players he needed an opportunity and that really came at Arsenal and he has not looked back since.
“To see a player come through the Academy from under-10 level, develop and play in the first team is a credit to all concerned and will bring pride to all the people and coaches at the Club who played a part over the years. Jack leaves with our best wishes; everyone at Huddersfield Town hopes that Jack will make a real impact at Premier League level.”