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Mick's high hopes for the Hunt brothers at Portman Road


Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

Sean St Ledger

Sean St Ledger

Mick McCarthy

MICK McCarthy jokes that the "Hunt sisters" have been reunited after he made a move to bring Irish striker Noel Hunt on board at Ipswich Town and join his older brother Stephen at Portman Road.

And the Ipswich boss is also delighted to have sealed a short-term deal to sign Sean St Ledger (right), who has at last found a club having been effectively unemployed since his release from Leicester City in May.

McCarthy says he has high hopes for defender St Ledger and striker Hunt. While Hunt could make his debut in a televised game away to Charlton tomorrow, St Ledger still has to work on his fitness and will play for Town's U21 side today.

"There are Championship players and good Championship players - I think they come into that second bracket to be honest," said McCarthy.

"Sean St Ledger played nearly every game when Trappatoni was Republic of Ireland manager. If that's not a ringing endorsement of a defender, from an Italian, then I don't know what is."

McCarthy was pleased to end Hunt's tough time at Leeds, where the Waterford lad has been out in the cold since his last game in August. "Part of the reason might be that someone announced he was on 25 grand a week, apparently he can't walk down the street in Leeds because they turn on him. That's not helping at all," says McCarthy.

"I think it the new owner who said that before the takeover and it's had a really detrimental affect on his career at Leeds.

"I saw him play against Leicester in one of the first games of last season and he was outstanding. If we get him to that form, and let's hope we can, we've got ourselves a very good player."