SPECULATION continues about whether Brisbane will be able to hang on to Ben Hunt after his contract runs out at the end of next season, but in the meantime he is embracing having become one of the senior players in the team.
The retirement of Corey Parker from the Broncos at the end of last season, which followed on from Justin Hodges calling it quits after 2015, has pushed halfback Hunt up the seniority list.
He is still only 26, but he made his first-grade debut in 2009 and next season will be his ninth in first grade.
“I try to push myself every day at training and now a couple of older players have moved on so I guess it will be a bit more weight on my shoulders this year and I’m looking forward to it,” Hunt says.
Hunt and his fiancee, Bridget, welcomed a baby son, Brady, into the world in October and that has certainly added heavily to his list of responsibilities.
“A couple of sleepless nights, but really enjoying it,” he says.
“One of the best experiences of my life, as everyone says, and yeah, I just love it.”