There have been some Eels fans who have been crying out for a winger capable of playing in first-grade and it seems like they may have gotten their man, with the Parramatta Eels today confirming the signing of South Sydney utility Justin Hunt on a 3-year deal.
The deal, which will commence from the 2014 season, is one that sees Hunt – a talented fullback & winger – joining the Eels, having played in 13 first-grade games so far in his career.
Hunt, who has not been able to see much opportunity given the rarity of injuries or opportunities in the Souths back-line is a player the Eels can utilise, with Eels coach Ricky Stuart excited at the potential the 24-year old has to offer.
“Justin is an incredibly talented young man and is a great addition to our squad for 2014,” Stuart said
“He has served a superb apprenticeship behind some great outside backs like Greg Inglis and Nathan Merritt at Souths, but now he is at point in his career where he wants to take his game to a new level.”
“Justin’s signature keeps our recruitment plans on track, and I hope Eels members and fans can take confidence from that.”
Having move around somewhat over the last few years, Hunt Levitra Online rejoins the Eels – a club he knows well – having been a part of the Eels 2008 NYC squad with current first-graders Tim Mannah and Mitch Allgood.
As the Eels look to the future, Interim CEO Matt Phelan highlights the signing of Hunt as a sign that they are moving in the right direction and welcomes the Souths back to the club for next year.
“We have been very active in the player market over the last 6 months to deliver the Blue and Gold army a team that can secure success next year and beyond,” Phelan said.
“Hunt will help form a pretty formidable back line in 2014 which will include Jarryd Hayne, Will Hopoate and Corey Norman.
If you recognise the Hunt name, you might remember Neil Hunt, a former Parramatta player himself and the father of Justin – though despite that, Eels Chairman Steve Sharp assures that Justin Hunt has been signed on the back of his own ability.
“We are a family club, so to have Justin joining us given the great career his dad had here is just fantastic,” Sharp said.
“Make no mistake though, Justin has been recruited on his own merits and will help us form a tremendous squad under the guidance of Ricky Stuart.”