In a team that boasts several big names, the Newcastle Knights have re-signed centre Hymel Hunt on a new two-year deal.
Hunt, who has proven himself to be a reliable player in the Knights setup, has played in a large chunk of games since joining the club in 2019.
As the Knights season picks up given the chance to make the eight, Knights coach Adam O’Brien was pleased to see Hunt remain.
“I couldn’t be happier to have Hymel recommit to the Club,” O’Brien said.
“We really missed him when he was out injured this year.”
O’Brien praised Hunt’s work out of the backfield to take the pressure off their forwards.
“He’s a big body who really helps get our sets started, his toughness and willingness to do the hard carries to help us get out of trouble is super important for our team.
“He’s also a great connector from the young players in the group right through to the senior leaders.
Hymel’s an extremely popular member of the squad and we can’t wait to see what he can do over the next two seasons.”
Hunt, who originally hails from Redcliffe, says he and his fiance are settled in well to Newcastle.
“It’s unreal. With the direction the Club’s heading in and how close we are as a squad, I’m excited to extend for the next two years,” Hunt said.
“The Knights are my home. My fiancé and I are settled here.
“I just love the Club and love the footy we are playing as well.”