The 29-year-old Samoan international is a rugby league journeyman by every sense of the word, however the centre-turned-winger has found a home in Newcastle since arriving in 2019.
Hunt played 61 NRL games for the club between 2019 and 2021, however only extended that figure to 62 after a combination of injuries as well an in-form wing pairing restricting the former Storm, Titans and Rabbitohs back to the NSW Cup.
"I had the worst run of injuries," Hunt said, speaking to the Newcastle Herald.
"I missed about 12 weeks after rupturing my PCL, and then my first game back I broke my cheekbone and was out for another six or seven.
"It was a bad break, I got three plates put in my face.
"That was really hard, mentally, because I think I played about 50 games straight for the club from when I got here in 2019, so I was just used to playing week-in, week-out."
Hunt was never considered a regular first-grader until joining the Knights, and hadn't played 20+ NRL games in a season until the move. While he eventually got his body fit again last season, his confidence had evaporated.
"I'd never had a lower-limb injury," he said.
"Only little ones, I might have rolled an ankle - but I definitely did struggle.
"I wasn't 100 per cent, nowhere near even 60 or 70 per cent. My knee was just taking a massive toll on me. I had to do extra rehab, extra physio every day just to get on the paddock.
"I just wanted to knock out a few games. Even if I was playing reggies, I just wanted to get out there and play."
Named on the wing to face Cronulla in Newcastle's first trial this Friday, Hunt is ready to battle it out against his teammates to prove he's worth selection.
"My first focus was getting the best out of myself this pre-season. Every time I've done a whole pre-season, I've had a great year," he said.
"Now obviously these trials, putting my hand up and saying pick me to the coach and doing everything I can."