Aldershot have confirmed on their official website that they have extended the loan of Max Hunt until January following his impressive form for the club.
Hunt originally joined the Shots on a one-month loan deal in early September.
The 20-year-old was a regular for Derby’s U23s last season. He made 19 appearances for Darren Wassall’s side following his 2018 transfer from Matlock Town.
Hunt has developed quickly, and he has made quite an impact at Aldershot.
Some supporters for the National League side thought he was one of the best players on the pitch in the 2-1 win at Stockport County early last month.
Hunt soon followed that up with his first professional goal against Yeovil Town.
Danny Searle’s side have climbed the table with Hunt in the team. The 6ft 6inch central defender has made six appearances since his loan move from the Rams.
It remains to be seen how far Hunt can go. He is no longer a teenager, and the defender must look to impress at senior level if he harbours hopes of having a future at Pride Park.
Derby generally release players who turn 20 and haven’t made the step up, with Aaron Eyoma and Alefe Santos ironically departing Pride Park to join Aldershot Town.
The long-term injury to Richard Keogh and Curtis Davies’s contract which expires next summer could leave Derby extremely light on central defenders next summer.
If Hunt continues to impress, he could be given a shot at the Championship club.