Winger Stephen Hunt today insisted he would be happy to sign a new contract at Wolves but admitted he has to earn it.
The 31-year-old’s deal expires this summer and, after recovering from a long-term hip injury, he knows he has work to do to impress manager Dean Saunders.
“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,” said Hunt.
“I’ve got to do well and earn the right if I want to have a chance of a new deal.
“It’s always easy to say ‘yes I want to sign a contract’, but genuinely I’m happy here. My family are settled which means a lot and I really enjoy it at Wolves.”
Hunt’s only appearance under Saunders was his late inclusion at left-back against Blackpool after Stephen Ward was ruled out with a neck injury in the warm-up.
And the Republic of Ireland international is happy to be Saunders’ ‘flexible friend’ to get as much action as possible.
“I’ve played at left-back before and maybe fancy myself to play there in a few years’ time,” he said.
“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.”
Saunders appears keen on Hunt, who added: “He seems to like me and that breeds confidence if you go out on the pitch and think the manager rates you as a player.
“When you’re losing for a long time it can be hard to drag yourself out and only the strongest will survive. I will never get down about it because what we do for a living is fantastic and we’re very fortunate.”
Fourth-bottom Wolves are currently on a run of nine games without a win while they have won just once in 12 at home.
Hunt admits they must get rid of the losing mentality that has gripped the team over recent seasons if they are to win their survival battle.
“There is such a thing as a winning habit and there’s also such a thing as a losing habit,” he admitted.
“We have to get the winning habit back and quickly because the league table doesn’t lie.”