SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Ben Hunt of the Dragons looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

It seems those closest to Ben Hunt think he should be a No.9

Hunt’s wife Bridget believes her husband should explore the possibility of a positional change, after the Dragons No.7 endured an up and down season, which ended with a defeat to South Sydney in the second week of the finals.

“My wife has told me a few times: ‘Why don’t you just play hooker?’ Wherever the coach wants to play me, I’m happy to play there, whether it’s half or hooker,” Hunt told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’ve learned to live with the fact I can play hooker pretty well. At the end of the day, I still want to play halfback.”

Hunt is keen to remain in the No. 7 jersey but admitted he enjoys the simplicity that comes with the No.9, where he can concentrate on getting his forwards moving and employing his kicking game.

“It just simplifies things for me,” he said. “I just think that’s why I play some good footy there. I just have to worry about my little bubble in the middle there,” Hunt said.

Hunt’s versatility makes him the ideal bench man for the Kangaroos team that face New Zealand in the upcoming two-Test series in Auckland.

Mal Meninga is a fan of Hunt’s, but believes the 28-year-old spends too much time listening to outside noise, a statement Hunt agrees with.

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“I definitely agree with it [Meninga’s view],” he said.

“Throughout the middle of the year, I think I did [listen to critics] a bit. I never thought I was a guy that did that too much, but I found myself doing that through the season.

“I think that’s something that’s helped me in the last month. I’ve got away from social media and stuck to the people I trust and what they have to say.”


  1. Don’t think he will move to 9 either Cameron McInnes playing pretty well there unless they move him and get something really good back

  2. Will be interesting if he goes after that Hooker scenario, because I dont think the Dragons would want to pay him half his contract value to play hooker. Nor do they need a hooker. He got $%i! on by the media, which clearly took a toll. Widdop needs to contribute more in kicking and organisation. Hunt will be fine, if not good, at halfback if that happens. Despite Widdop’s injuries he didn’t do enough in the back half of the season to support Hunt. And it all went to crap when he got that stupid haircut.

    • or did she say,hun i think you go ok but you would be better if you had a nine and he has taken it the wrong way and thought she was talking footy

  3. Not sure if the Dragons have much depth in the halves or hooker positions (please, don’t mention Mann). I’d put Hunt in the dummy half role for periods of the game – a bit quicker than McInnes and can kick.

  4. Hunt could be the best number 9 in the game by far. His got all the attributes for it, just not the drive for it. I’ve said for along time now his one of the best hookers in the game. Just doesn’t want to put the hard work in. Qld and Australia he has proven it that’s his position. Dragon’s would of come close to winning the comp this year with him at 9.

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