Rumours persisted that Ben Hunt was set to leave the Brisbane Broncos and it has been confirmed, with the St George Illawarra Dragons confirming his signing from 2018.
Initially linked with other clubs, in the end, it was the Dragons who got their man, a signing that the club desperately needed in the halves in the eyes of their fans.
Hunt, a former Dally M U20’s Player of the Year, has played 166 games to date and from a Dragons perspective, the signing was a crucial one for them.
“We were looking for a really competent, world-class halfback. It was about signing someone who has been a regular halfback and who has played at the highest level,” said St George Illawarra Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways, Ian Millward.
“Ben’s also a good family man and quite composed as a person. The Red V fans should be over the moon.”
Whilst the club has signed Ben Hunt for 2018, they remain focused on the 2017 season and what that has to offer.
“Ben’s made a massive commitment to the Dragons but he also has a season to go with the Broncos,” Millward said.
“It’s important he has a great season with the Broncos, and it’s important we have a great season with the personnel we currently have.”
The junior retention and retention of NRL players continues at the Dragons but Millward was not giving too much away.
“We’re still very active internally as well,” Millward said.
“I don’t want to speculate on specific names at present because we’re in negotiations but we are progressing well.”