Rugby League Players Association chief Clint Newton has extended his support to Ben Hunt in his efforts to leave the Dragons. Meanwhile, the Broncos have expressed their interest in signing the veteran player, as coach Kevin Walters stated on Triple M radio, “if he becomes available on the market, it would definitely be something we would consider.” Hunt has become disgruntled with the management and performance of the Dragons and wishes to return to Queensland. Newton reached out to Hunt on Friday to offer his assistance in resolving the issue.
“I understand and support the notion that when you commit to a contract, you should intend to fulfill it. However, circumstances change, and this applies to any industry,” Newton explained to Wide World of Sports. “If there are changes in leadership or if things are not working out, you have the right to explore your options, which is what Ben is doing. For every player who requests a release, there are countless others who are told by clubs that they are no longer wanted, despite being under contract.”
Newton further highlighted the power that clubs hold in these situations, stating, “The clubs can make it difficult for the player to stay – they hold all the cards. In many cases, a player may say, ‘I’m content here, but what are the chances of me playing first grade if they no longer want me?’ We hope they can find a resolution, but if not, they should show compassion towards Ben.”
Hunt, who spent the majority of his NRL career at the Broncos, expressed his desire to return home to Queensland after helping Queensland win the second State of Origin game. This puts the Broncos, Titans, and Dolphins in prime position to secure his signature, should he be released.
As the saga unfolds, Newton reassured Hunt, “We have your back and are ready to help in any way we can.”
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