during an Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup media opportunity and training session at Suncorp Stadium on October 11, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.

Dragons recruit Ben Hunt has concluded that he can only thank Broncos coach Wayne Bennett after he dropped him to reserve grade earlier in the season.

It's not every day that you see an Australian and Queensland representative languishing in reserve grade, however, it was a move by the Brisbane coach, who'd many describe as a 'masterstroke'.

It's no secret that Hunt has endured the worst pain rugby league has on offer, for his career was on a thread.

He returned to play for the Broncos in the hooker role and Hunt hasn't looked back since.

The 27-year old has signed a five-year, six million dollar deal, with the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Reflecting on the year he's had, he'd describe it as 'strange'.

"I’ve had some of the biggest lows but some of the highest highs as well," he said.

Asked whether being dropped was the turning point, Hunt replied:

"I think it might have been."

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