Karmichael Hunt wants to play five-eighth for the Brisbane Broncos, adamant that he’s still good enough.
Karmichael Hunt wants to play five-eighth for the Brisbane Broncos and has backed Tom Dearden as the club’s long-term halfback.
Former premiership star Hunt, 34, is playing for Broncos feeder club Souths Logan but is adamant that he could still thrive in the NRL.
He hasn’t played first grade rugby league since 2009, due to stints in AFL and rugby union, but the dual international believes that he can do a job as Brisbane struggle to find a winning formula.
“Absolutely, no doubt whatsoever … I definitely feel I’ve got plenty of impact left in me, that’s for sure,” Hunt told Fox Sports.
“I’d prefer to play in the halves, at six and get my hands on the ball. I understand it’s what is best for team.
“I’d love to play six. I think it just suits my game. I can use my vision and creativity and passing skills and kicking.
“I’m quite reliant on the halves seeing the space [by playing in the centres for Souths], but I’ve been roaming around a little bit and going and finding some ball and popping up where I need to.”
Hunt was tried at halfback for Brisbane in 2007, sometimes filled-in at No.6 for Darren Lockyer and played five-eighth for Queensland in the 2008 State of Origin opener. He made his name in rugby league, however, as a fearless fullback; becoming the youngest-ever Bronco with an NRL debut at age 17.
Brisbane are currently playing maligned $1 million per season star Anthony Milford at No.6. Hunt is staying ready for a chance.
“I’m definitely preparing and training and playing as if like I want to make that [NRL return] happen,” Hunt told Fox Sports.
“It’s not all in my hands. It might not be at the Broncs. There’s plenty of injury opportunities popping up.”
Now in his twilight years, Hunt played alongside Dearden at Souths Logan earlier this season and was impressed by the young No.7, saying he had “a ton of potential”.
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