On the Hunt for new pastures in Germany

Stephen Hunt admits he could leave English football behind as he mulls over an offer to join a German second division club.

The Irish winger, 31, was released last week from Wolves following their relegation to League One and is on the lookout for a new club.

Interest in his services has been brisk according to the player, pictured, who says he’s tempted by a fresh challenge in Germany.

“The offer from a championship club in Germany fighting to go up (into the Bundesliga) is a serious one,” he said.

“I’ve had a few other offers from English Championship clubs and a bit of interest from the Premier League too.

“My plan is to sit tight for the moment — and try not to panic without being greedy.

“The move to Germany is one I’m considering at the moment. I’ve a three-year old daughter but I always said to the family that we’d move away if needed. Football is a short career.”

Should he decide to decamp, he’ll join another Irishman already there.

Striker Selcuk Tidim of third division outfit FC Hansa Rostock was yesterday drafted into the Irish U21 squad for Friday’s friendly against Denmark in Fredericia.

The Hamburg-born 20-year-old declared for Ireland at 15 through his Belfast-born mother but hasn’t been involved since 2011 when featuring for the U19s under Paul Doolin.

A strong finish to his club season, when he scored five times, earned him the notice of Irish boss Noel King.

“It’s great to get the call-up and hopefully I can show him on Friday what I’m capable of,” said Tidim.

“I feel really fit after coming back from injury towards the end of the season. German football is on a high at the moment because of the two teams reaching the Champions League final.

Ireland U21 final squad v Denmark: Aaron McCarey (Wolves), Sean McDermott (Sandnes Ulf), Shane Duffy (Everton), Anthony O’Connor (Blackburn), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen), Michael Harriman (QPR), Sean McGinty (Unattached), Kevin Feely (Charlton Athletic), Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), John O’Sullivan (Blackburn), Frankie Sutherland (QPR), Barry McNamee (Derry City), Sean Murray (Watford), Anthony Forde (Wolves), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall), Daryl Horgan (Cork City), Selcuk Tidim (FC Hansa Rostock).

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