Derby County have moved to sign highly-rated defender Max Hunt from Matlock Town and bolster the Under-23s’ defensive options.
The towering 18-year-old centre back has signed an 18-month deal, which will see him link up with Darren Wassall’s side, whilst the club hold the option to extend his stay by a further year. Standing at 6ft 6in, Hunt, a former Nottingham Forest and Mansfield Town Academy prospect, has spent the last 18 months within the Matlock Town Academy and Reserves structure before signing a contract for the first team in July 2017.
A loan spell at Belper Town assisted in his development before making his Matlock debut 2nd December- starting with their 2-1 win over Lancaster City. The defender’s form has also seen him recently have a trial with Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion, but it is Derby that have stolen a march on their rivals to complete a deal.
Speaking on the move, Hunt told dcfc.co.uk: “This is a dream come true and is what I have wanted since I was a young kid. I want to be a professional footballer, but in truth, the hard work just starts now.
“I’m happy to be here. I want to progress as much as possible and I have ambitions to just better myself every day and just work hard. At the same time, this is a great opportunity to work with some top-quality coaches every day.
“I want to be here for a long time. It’s a massive club, the set-up is fantastic, and I loved my time on trial.
“I want to say a big thank you to Matlock too. Justin Tellus and the all the people in the development system have helped me as a young lad and gave me my first taste of men’s football, which was a big moment for me. I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me.”
As part of the deal, a Derby County XI will travel to Causeway Lane to face Matlock in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.