Ben Hunt (l) and his St George Illawarra teammates will be underdogs against Brisbane at Suncorp.While no stranger to the venue, St George Illawarra’s Ben Hunt admits it will be very weird returning to Suncorp Stadium for Sunday’s NRL elimination final against Brisbane.
Yet the maligned halfback insisted he was unfazed by the prospect of playing at The Cauldron.
All eyes will be on Hunt when the under fire No.7 runs out onto his former home ground for the first time since signing a $6 million Dragons deal.
Now on marquee dollars, Hunt has been the scapegoat of the Dragons’ late season fadeout with social media criticism getting so bad his wife Bridget publicly lashed out at the “despicable bullying”.
It remains to be seen how Hunt is received by the Broncos faithful when he runs out in the ‘red V’ for the knockout clash.
But Hunt insists he can’t wait, even if it will be an odd feeling..
“It’s going to be very weird,” Hunt told Broncos TV.
“I have played so many games there and won a lot of games at Suncorp, coming back to try and win for another team is going to be pretty strange.”
After spending nine seasons at Brisbane before linking with the Dragons, Hunt said he did not find running out onto Suncorp Stadium daunting.
“Not at all, that’s the lucky thing for me about this week, I have played my whole career there,” he said.
“Going back there is something I am looking forward to.”
Brisbane lock Josh McGuire echoed Hunt’s call, predicting the halfback to soak up the comfortable surrounds and answer his critics on Sunday.
“I have played with Hunty since I was 14. It is weird seeing Hunty on the other side,” McGuire said.
“I am sure he will be fired up and comfortable at Suncorp Stadium.
“He played there for a long time, so I am sure he will be at his best.”
Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough was adamant ex-teammate Hunt could deliver on the big stage – he just hoped it wasn’t this weekend.
“He certainly can (deliver). It is a hard one because I don’t want him to deliver in this one,” he said.
“But I know in big games he can. I have been out there on the field when he has done some great things.”