JOHNNY HUNT has vowed to push Neil Ashton for the left-back spot next season.
The 21-year-old was restricted to just four league starts last term with a further 10 appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench as he struggled to dislodge Ashton, who scooped the Player of the Year award.
Pleased to have been included in the squad more regularly than in previous campaigns, Hunt insists he has plenty to offer and wants to give player-manager Andy Morrell a selection headache.
“This season has been a lot better than last season, I have been involved a lot more,” said Hunt who also featured in three FA Cup ties including both third round matches against Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion.
“Obviously I would like to make a few more appearances but you haven’t got that chance when the left-back gets the Player of the Year award!
“But I am still learning and I will push Neil all the way and hopefully keep him on his game which is best for the team; I will keep him on his toes.
“I have got a lot to offer. I am young, hungry and I want to get out of this league like every other player does.
“I will always try my best and hopefully we will end up in League Two next year.”
Hunt, who made his way up through the youth system at Wrexham before making his senior debut at Oxford United in April 2010, added: “I have been in the squad quite a lot this season, it is just nice to be involved.
“I think I have been in the squad 20-odd times which is a massive improvement from what it was last year.
“As long as I keep improving, hopefully the team does as well. There is only one more thing we can improve on and that is to get out of this league so hopefully next season we do that.”
Hunt has also been used as a midfielder and he is willing to play in that role again if needed.
“Midfield is not really my position but I will do a job there,” he said. “The first time I have played in midfield was this year, it was just nice to get the nod and get a place in the team.
“I am a left-back but I will play in midfield, I enjoyed playing there.”
Hunt is one of 11 players who have been offered a new deal and he admitted that being part of Morrell’s plans for next season is a huge boost.
“I am happy to be offered a new deal here,” added Hunt, who has been handed a new one year contract.
“It is a bit worrying not knowing if you are going to get a new contract or not, but we didn’t know whether we were going to go up or not this season so we have had to wait until quite late to sort it out.
“It gives me a lot of confidence that the gaffer has offered me a new deal. Hopefully he sees that I work hard every day in training and I will try my best for the team.
“I can enjoy my summer now and come back raring to go for next year.”