JACK HUNT will aim to showcase his continuing development when Colchester United come to the Galpharm tomorrow.
The talented 20-year-old right-back made his Town debut in the corresponding fixture last season, when the final outcome was a goalless draw.
Lee Clark’s side, of course, have fought out three stalemates in as many League I games this time around.
And having kept a welcome clean sheet at Hartlepool on Tuesday, when Hunt played a key role in his third successive start, the aim is to get among the goals and clinch that much-wanted three-point haul.
Hunt’s attacking instincts have long been clear, with Clark deploying him wide right on occasions last season.
And the manager believes the academy product who scored his second goal for the club in the 4-2 Carling Cup first-round win at Port Vale has improved defensively.
“We’ve always known Jack has terrific ability,” said Clark, who awarded the player a new two-year contract at the end of last season.
“The one area he needed to improve on was his defending, and we’ve certainly seen a development.
“If he keeps improving as he has been doing, we’re going to have a very, very good young player on our hands.”
Hunt, who has been keeping close-season recruit Calum Woods out of the side, will be hoping for a 27th Town appearance tomorrow, having made 23 during his loan stint at Chesterfield at the start of last season.
He lined up alongside skipper Peter Clarke, Jamie McCombe and Gary Naysmith at Hartlepool, with Clark explaining: “I thought they protected (keeper) Ian Bennett very well.”
While Town, in 15th, were drawing in the North-East, ninth-placed Colchester were beaten 2-0 at home to leaders Charlton. That followed a 4-2 win at Preston and 1-1 home draw with Wycombe.