Aaron Hunt leaves HSV

The midfielder, who made more than 150 appearances in over six years for the club, is out of contract in the summer and will not be renewed. Hunt: "It was so special to wear the HSV shirt."

Hamburger SV and Aaron Hunt are parting ways ahead of the 2021/22 season following six years together. The 34-year-old’s contract expires on 30th June 2021 and will not be extended. “We had a good, open and honest chat about his future at HSV. He made it clear that he still wants to play as much football as he can, and for as long as possible,” explained HSV head of sport Jonas Boldt. “From our point of view, a change made the most sense for him to realise that. We would like to thank Aaron Hunt for his efforts and commitment during the last six years, both on and off the pitch. He always assumed responsibility, even during this difficult period. We wish him and his family all the best for the future. Aaron will always be welcome at Volkspark.”

Hunt himself was also full of gratitude for the open discussions regarding his future and the six years that have passed. "I was desperate to get promoted with HSV, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. That for me was the most important thing and a reason why we postponed any discussions about my future. After the season ended, we were able to talk openly and honestly on both sides. The decision has been made, but for me it is clear that I still want to continue playing football. A big thank you to everyone at HSV. It was so special to wear the HSV shirt and to lead the team as captain for two seasons,” the 34-year-old emphasised.

Highs ans lows across 153 appearances

Hunt joined the club in summer 2015 and played 153 times across the last six seasons, scoring 26 goals and registering 18 assists. Though his arrival was greeted with scepticism following a long history with club rivals Werder Bremen, the technically-astute midfielder quickly won the affection of the fans and developed into an important figure in the HSV team. Hunt stayed true to the club following the 2018 relegation and captained the club during its first two seasons in the 2. Bundesliga. On and off the pitch, he always embraced responsibility, especially during difficult periods for the club.
Hunt remained at the club in the 2020/21 season with the explicit goal of “taking HSV back into the Bundesliga.” But there would be no happy end. Instead, his season was cut short after picking up a calf injury in the home match against Karlsruher SC on 29th April – the last of his 153 appearances. Despite this sorry end to his 17th season as a professional footballer, Hunt departs with many fond memories in HSV colours. Among those include a stunning winner in the 3-2 win over FC Schalke 04 in 2017/18, a hat-trick against Hannover 96 earlier this season and many expertly dispatched free kicks and penalties. 

After six emotional years representing the HSV shirt, Hunt will start a new chapter in his career at the end of the summer. HSV would like to thank him for his many years of effort and commitment for the club and we wish him all the best for his future.