Reading striker Noel Hunt still harbours hopes of making a late push for the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012.
The 29 year old former Dunfermline striker has scored seven Reading to take them to second in the table and he is hoping that promotion to the Premier League could catapult him straight into Giovanni Trapattoni’s thinking.
“All I have got to do is concentrate on Reading and getting us to the Premier League,” Hunt toldskysports.com. “That’s the big thing and hopefully if I can continue to do that in the manner that I am doing you just never know, there might be a space for me.
“You always have to hope and still think you have got a chance and that is what I am doing so I am just concentrating on getting things right for Reading.”
The burly forward has won four caps for Ireland previously and is believes he is in the form of his life.
“I am playing well at the moment,” added Hunt. “I am probably the fittest I have ever been and Brian [McDermott] has me playing in a good role in the team and I would like to think I am helping the boys out.
“I can say from my point of view I am playing the best I have been playing, really helping the team out which I hope everyone sees.
“It’s been fantastic and hopefully if that keeps going you never know.
“Hopefully they [Republic of Ireland coaching team] are watching and keeping an eye on all the results and games and you never know what might happen.
“You can never say never in this sport so obviously I will just keep doing what I am doing for Reading, working my socks off and giving everything.
“I will work as hard as I can for the team, for myself and the manager and hopefully we will see what happens after that.”
Should Hunt achieve his ultimate dream of making the Euro’s squad he could link up with his brother Stephen with the Wolves star already an important member of Trap’s squad
“He [Stephen] has been flying the last few years since leaving Reading and obviously I am sure he will be a big part of the squad and hopefully we can meet up again at the Euros as it would be another dream come true, ” noted Hunt.