Though the impending talks were originally revealed weeks ago when Hunt spoke out in defence of under-pressure Dragons coach Anthony Griffin, club boss Ryan Webb confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that negotiations have begun.
“We’ve started the process,” Webb said.
“We’re very hopeful we can keep Ben at the club long-term. He’s an important person on the field and has a tremendous impact off it.”
Provided both parties are happy with the talks, it’s believed a new deal could be announced within a month.
The playmaker arrived at the Dragons in 2018 on the richest deal in Dragons history, and also took up a sixth-year option. He’s currently in some of the best form of his career, leading the Dally M count when it went behind closed doors and likely still leading after more impressive performances in clubland.
Hunt had originally revealed that while he was happy at the Dragons, he was still open to the idea of a return to his home state of Queensland to see out his playing days.
“I can definitely see myself finishing (at the Dragons),” Hunt told NewsCorp.
“I’m enjoying myself at the club, I’m really enjoying being coached by (Griffin) and there’s a good bunch of fellas there. The club is heading in the right direction, we’ll have to wait and see.”
Though the Dragons have secured the services of Hunt’s former Broncos teammate Andrew McCullough until the end of 2023, it’s believed they may enter the market for a hooker as well – with reports suggesting their interest in Roosters rake Sam Verrills as well as Tigers pair Jake Simpkin and Jacob Liddle.