Bullard's joy as Tigers retain Hunt
Published : 02 Feb 2010 09:15:01
Jimmy Bullard has applauded Hull's decision to reject a £5million deadline day bid for Stephen Hunt and believes it will help galvanise the squad.The debt-troubled Tigers entered the transfer window hoping to significantly trim both their first-team squad and their wage bill but resisted the temptation to cash in on Hunt when relegation rivals Wolves made a third improved bid on Monday.Daniel Cousin and Peter Halmosi did depart the KC Stadium, on loan to Larissa and Szombathelyi Haladas respectively, but Bullard believes the continued presence of Hunt - who is expected to line up against title-chasing Chelsea on Tuesday night - represents a big boost to the club's survival hopes."It's good, it's brilliant," said Bullard, whose return from a knee ligament injury is expected to take another three to four weeks."It's is what you need to hear as a player. The longer we can keep Stephen Hunt the better it is for Hull City, without a shadow of a doubt. It's great news for all of us."Hunty's an all-rounder. As well as being a good lad he's fit, he's energetic, he's not afraid, he can get stuck in and he's been scoring goals for us. He has scored six, I think, which is great for a midfielder and we're just out of January. For me, he's the whole package."