The 23-year-old defender Rob Hunt has left Oldham Athletic to join Swindon Town on a two-year deal.
Oldham fans seem to agree. Rob Hunt was much more impressive during his loan spell there from Brighton, in the second half of the 16/17 season than he was after joining the Latics permanently afterwards.
Under the new management of Laurent Banide, fans should be patient and trusting of the Frenchman to arrange and rearrange his squad according to the setup and culture he wishes to adopt.
However, Rob Hunt and George Edmundson are two youth players who could have evolved into players good enough to help Banide and/or Oldham Athletic get back into League One.
Here are two reasons why letting go of these younger players is harmful to the club…
Something Banide needs to fix is letting players go for free. At a time where the club is in desperate need of improvement, they need rewards for their departing talent.
Rob Hunt once belonged to Brighton & Hove Albion and has been snapped up by a team who finished one place above them in League 2, Swindon Town. This demonstrates that Hunt is a capable and wanted player, and could’ve fetched a sweeter penny than £0. The positive is that George Edmundson joined Rangers for £700,000, meaning that there are still some funds to improve this squad.
Losing a 23-year-old right-back to the team above in the league is something that could be fixed. However, Oldham Athletic have decided to replace him with Zak Mills, a 27-year-old right-back from Morecambe, a team who finished four places behind themselves last season. This is concerning for Oldham fans who may believe that their manager is aiming for a mediocre season in League Two, by sacrificing youth and bringing in older and arguably less useful players.
However, Zak Mills’ contract is only for one year, potentially indicating that Banide wants a stable season whilst he sets his squad up for future improvements.