Former Republic of Ireland international Noel Hunt has signed for his hometown club Waterford FC, joining as both a player and assistant manager.

Hunt was most recently a member of the Wigan Athletic squad which won promotion to the Championship but it was reported in recent days that he was set to return home. 

The 35-year old Hunt previously played for Waterford (in their previous guise of Waterford United) at the beginning of his career in the early noughties. He briefly signed on loan for Shamrock Rovers, hitting five goals in nine games. 

Hunt subsequently played for a raft of clubs in both England and Scotland, including Dundee United, Reading, Leeds United, and Ipswich Town. It was at Reading that he reached Premier League. 

Hunt made three caps for the Republic of Ireland at senior level. 

Waterford FC general manager Jack Power hailed a major coup for the club. 

"We are delighted to have Noel Hunt return to Waterford. He is widely experienced, having played in the Premier League as well as representing the Republic of Ireland.

"He'll bring both great energy and enthusiasm into Waterford FC. It is truly a major coup for our football club."

Waterford are currently third in the Airtricity League Premier Division, albeit eight points behind Cork City in second place.