WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Ben Hunt of the Dragons runs the ball during the round six NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks at WIN Stadium on April 13, 2018 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra have reportedly named Ben Hunt as their new captain for 2021, reports The Daily Telegraph‘s Dean Ritchie.

He would take over from Cameron McInnes, who is bound for Cronulla in 2022 and ruptured his ACL during a training session.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the Dragons were also considering Tariq Sims and Zac Lomax and the recently signed Andrew McCullough as candidates to fill in as captain.

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)

When Griffin was announced as the Dragons new head coach in December, Hunt couldn’t help but show his excitement of the idea of reuniting with his old head coach.

Hunt played at the Brisbane Broncos when Griffin was in charge between 2011 and 2014.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA – JULY 14: Ben Hunt of the Dragons evades the tackle of Josh Hodgson of the Raiders during the round 17 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium on July 14, 2019 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

He’s created an environment that he had back at the Broncos,” he said.

“It’s been great having him back her, it’s been a really enjoyable place to be. There’s a real buzz and excitement of change and something new.

“He’s very clear what he wants, he tells you how it is and expects all of his players to stay in line which makes it really enjoyable and pushes us to put our best foot forward.”

The Dragons are expected to announce Hunt as their new skipper in the next 24 hours.

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