“Macca is very professional and he does everything well,” Hunt told NRL.com. “I know he has had a couple of injuries now, but I think the hamstring one is a bit of a freak and I back him to get back to playing the best footy he can.
“He brings a lot of leadership, he has obviously been around the game a long time and he is very professional about everything he does on an off the field.
“He is good for the culture of the club and he was always involved in everything when I was at the Broncos, culture wise and helping out. He just won’t be a smart footy head, it will be off the field helping out as well.”
Hunt won’t play in the first official trial of the pre-season when the Sharks host the Dragons at PointsBet Stadium on Friday evening. The match is restricted to players who featured in 12 or fewer games during the 2020 season.
Griffin will give game time to the likes of Tariq Sims, Eels recruit Daniel Alvaro and five-eighth hopeful Jayden Sullivan, while Sharks coach John Morris will use a squad which will feature few in contention for a round one spot having decided not to play Matt Moylan.
What isn’t in dispute for Hunt is the fact he won’t be rebounding between halfback and hooker this season under Griffin with his old Broncos coach giving him the nod for the No.7 jumper.
Former Dragons boss Paul McGregor used Hunt at both No.9 and off the bench last year before he parted ways with the club.
“He said to me straight up that he wants me to play No.7, that is where he sees me playing my best footy, and we have just got on with it from there,” Hunt said of his talk with Griffin.
“It is the only place I have trained all pre-season and it is the position ‘Hook’ said he wants me to play so it is all systems go at this stage. I guess it has just picked up from where we finished those years ago at the Broncos.
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