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Last Updated: Friday, 1 February 2008, 18:45 GMT
Hunt signs new Reading contract
Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt
Hunt began his career as a trainee with Crystal Palace
Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt has signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal to keep him at the Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2011.

The Royals rejected two approaches from Sunderland for the 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international during the recent January transfer window.

Hunt told his club's website: "I am very pleased to sign this new deal and show my commitment to Reading.

"This club can keep going forward and I want to play my part in that process."

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Hunt signed for Reading in 2005 following his release by Brentford and has made 111 appearances for Steve Coppell's side.

Royals' director of football Nicky Hammond added: "Considering all the speculation surrounding Hunty in recent weeks his professionalism and commitment have been outstanding.

"He personifies the qualities that our team will need for the remainder of this season and beyond.

"He has greatly matured as a player and a person since joining us, and is now an established Premier League and international footballer so we are delighted with this news."

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