ROB Hunt has been an ever-present figure for Richie Wellens in League Two this season.

But even he admits to feeling the pressure from fringe players that are desperate to earn a first-team shirt amid Swindon Town’s search for a first promotion in eight years.

The natural right-back, who played under Wellens during his previous stint in charge at Oldham Athletic, has become one of the club’s most dependable figures this term having also featured in all three EFL Trophy games in addition to Town’s two FA Cup fixtures and one Carabao Cup clash.

Hunt enjoyed a rare weekend break seven days ago following Town’s early exit from the FA Cup, and used his free time to catch up with family and friends back in his home county of Essex.

The break came as a blessing in disguise for Hunt, who understandably admitted players would have ultimately preferred to have been in action in the FA Cup last Saturday as the season reaches its halfway point.

He said: “Everyone wants to get through to the third round of the FA Cup and possibly draw a big team.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t do that. But it was a blessing in disguise to have a bit of a break before a busy Christmas period coming up.

“I feel normal, but it’s nice to get a few days off. It was a case of going straight back into it once we got back.

“The competition for full-back places is the strongest in the squad.

“We’ve got some very talented footballers in the entire team, but especially in the full-back area.

“It’s good to have healthy competition, and it’s clear that everyone gets along – we have a good team spirit.”

Adding to his comment that competition for places in the full-back roles is high, Hunt revealed new recruit Paul Caddis has settled into his second spell at the Energy Check County Ground well after re-joining the club last month.

Hunt also praised the work of on-loan goalkeeper Steven Benda, going on to say the youngster’s impact on Town’s level of success shouldn’t be underestimated.

He said: “Paul has been great. He’s a great lad and great to have around the team. He’s a nice bloke, and it’s great to learn from his experience.

“He hasn’t taken a leadership role, he’s mixed in well and everyone gets on well with him.

“We’re working well as a team and attacking and defending well.

“We’re nearly halfway through the season now, everyone has a good idea of what they need to do and where they need to be.

“Steven is good. He’s a big presence and has come from a great club. He’s vocal from what you can hear.”