The 31-year-old performed six Checks for Australia in 2017 earlier than an arrest on medication expenses a yr in the past introduced all of it crashing down. Police dropped a cost of cocaine possession and no conviction was recorded, however Hunt was fined $300 for being in possession of a prescription drug and one other $300 for failing to report back to police for finger-printing.
The incident resulted in a $10,000 high quality below Rugby Australia’s Code of Conduct and a four-match ban. It was additionally the top of his profession in Queensland, with hard-line coach Brad Thorn successfully rubbing him out of all plans, two years out from the top of his contract.
Hunt noticed out the yr coaching with Souths within the Brisbane membership competitors and enjoying for Brisbane Metropolis within the NRC. He has by no means given up his ambitions for greater honours.
“My dream world could be to run on the market with the Reds once more and play some footy for the Wallabies once more,” Hunt informed Fox Sports activities’ Kick and Chase program in November.
“That’s my dream objective and I’m doing the whole lot doable to place myself in that place for subsequent yr.
“This final chapter might be my most necessary.
“I’m not going to have the ability to wipe away the previous and nor do I need to.
“However I need to personal it and I need to transfer ahead and put footy on the forefront of the speaking factors when individuals talk about my title.”
Different undesirable Reds stars have discovered new houses, with Quade Cooper transferring to the Rebels and James Slipper to the Brumbies. The Rebels seem to have a surplus of back-line expertise already, whereas the Brumbies are additionally understood to have a full home.
The Waratahs could possibly be Hunt’s lifeline, though the organisation would want to undertake a overview earlier than transferring forward with the proposed recruitment. Head coach Daryl Gibson has focused a bigger, deeper squad to assist his aspect go one higher than final yr’s Tremendous Rugby semi-final. They’re near saying the return of veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper and have given Israel Folau’s youthful brother, John Folau, a coaching squad spot in a bid to fill the wing spot left by the UK-based Taqele Naiyaravoro.
Hunt performed all of his Checks within the midfield, however was used at fullback in his 32 appearances for Queensland. With Ashley-Cooper and Folau within the NSW squad, the previous Broncos and Suns participant could be caught behind some stable expertise.
However in opposition to a backdrop of a World Cup yr, wherein the Tremendous Rugby groups have dedicated to a 20 per cent discount in enjoying and coaching load for his or her Check gamers, a participant of Hunt’s expertise and flexibility could possibly be a useful useful resource for NSW.
There’s some water to go below the bridge but. Cooper’s transfer to the Rebels was a drawn-out course of as Rugby Australia tried to dealer a deal that happy each Queensland and Melbourne. Hunt’s transfer would presumably go down an analogous path, with NSW agreeing to tackle a portion of Hunt’s wage and the Reds conserving the rest on their books.
Georgina Robinson is a Sports activities Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald