Hunt blocks thoughts of Broncos farewell
Ben Hunt during the Brisbane Bronco's training session at Red Hill in Brisbane, Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
Each game could be Ben Hunt's last for Brisbane.
Not that he has to be reminded.
Hunt has been inundated with questions about next season's $6 million move to NRL rivals St George Illawarra since the Broncos began contemplating sudden death football this week.
Hunt's nine-season journey at the club will end if Brisbane stumble in Friday night's semi-final clash with Penrith at Suncorp Stadium.
The halfback-come-hooker admitted he could not go far without being reminded of the stark reality since the Broncos were relegated to sudden death football by their 24-22 qualifying final loss to Sydney Roosters.
"Yeah I have been asked a few times about that," Hunt smiled.
"Each game could be my last for the club.
"But I am not trying to think about it too much, just play the best game I can and worry about that after the game."
Hunt admitted he had kept an eye on the Dragons this year after signing his lucrative five-year deal with the joint venture.
On paper it wasn't pretty viewing.
The Dragons let a 6-1 season start slip, missing a last gasp chance to seal a top eight spot with a heartbreaking final round loss to Canterbury.
Despite their capitulation Hunt claims there is plenty to like about his move to the southern Sydney club.
"I watched a few games throughout the year," he said.
"I am pretty excited about what they have down there.
"I think they have a great team and obviously just missed out this year but I will worry about that next year."
Hunt was signed as the new Dragons halfback, replacing incumbent Kurt Mann and is expected to combine with England pivot Gareth Widdop.
However, Hunt's Brisbane success has come since he made the move to hooker and it was his utility value that earned him a Queensland State of Origin debut.
He's been so impressive that former Test hooker Danny Buderus believes Hunt is a better No.9 than No.7. Still he is adamant he is moving to the Dragons to play at halfback and not challenge Cameron McInnes for the dummy-half role next year.
"I will worry about that next year but I think they have a pretty good No.9 down there at the moment," he said.
"I don't think I will be taking that job."
© AAP 2017
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