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The 32-year-old winger is hoping that he can come back into the Republic of Ireland fold if he impresses for new club Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town winger Stephen Hunt still believes that he has a 'future at international level' and that he can add to his 39 Republic of Ireland caps under new manager Martin O'Neill.

Hunt signed a short-term deal with Ipswich Town at the beginning of November after struggling to find a new club over the summer. The winger was released by Wolverhampton Wanderers when his contract expired, and is looking forward to making an impact at Portman Road.

The 32-year-old believes that if he can make a good impression for his club, an Irish call-up may follow. "At the moment it’s baby steps," Hunt told TWTD. "I’m trying to get into the Ipswich team and if I do that and I’m playing well in the Championship then everything else will take care of itself to a certain extent.

"I’d like to think I still have a future at international level. It’s a great honour to play for your country but first things first. Two or three weeks ago I was still dreaming of playing in the Championship. I just need to get myself going again and see where it takes me."

Hunt was a member of the Ireland squad at Euro 2012, but did not feature in the finals under manager Giovanni Trapattoni. However, he believes that the appointment of O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane is a positive step for the Boys in Green. “From Ireland’s point of view it’s about bums on seats," Hunt said. "If you had one of them it would be the X-Factor for sure but to have both of them is like the dream ticket for Irish fans.

"The two guys in charge will know it’s going to be hard work to qualify for Euro 2016 and will involve a lot of long hours going to watch players and studying them.

"It will be about trying to get the right formula because under Trapattoni we got some good results. It’s going to be tough for a new regime to come in and get results, for sure, but at the same time I think they’re pretty well capable of doing it."

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