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Donaghy Denies Broncos’ Contact with Ben Hunt
Broncos chief Dave Donaghy has responded to claims that his club has been in communication with Ben Hunt, who expressed his desire to leave the Dragons during a recent interview. Donaghy refutes these claims and denies any contact with the wantaway Dragons star. However, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that three Queensland clubs have received an email from NRL salary cap auditor Matt Faulkner requesting all correspondence between the clubs and Hunt.
The NRL is concerned that discussions between Hunt and rival clubs have been ongoing due to his immediate release request from the Dragons. According to current league rules, clubs and players can meet freely at any time, but a formal offer from another club cannot be entertained until November 1 in the year prior to the player’s contract expiry.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters previously stated that the club would consider Hunt if he were off-contract. However, Donaghy clarified that there have been no negotiations with Hunt as he is currently under contract. He added that if a player of Hunt’s caliber were available, the club would certainly consider him, as would any other club.
During his return match for the Dragons against the Warriors, Hunt received a frosty reception from a section of the crowd, although it may not have been audible due to the small number of spectators. Nine commentators Brendon Speed and Paul Gallen confirmed that there were indeed some boos directed at Hunt as he took the field.
Following the Dragons’ comprehensive loss to the Warriors (48-18), Darren Lockyer, a Broncos board member and NRL expert for Nine, expressed uncertainty about the situation Hunt is facing. Lockyer questioned whether it was wise for Hunt to request a release without having a backup plan in place. However, he acknowledged that Hunt may be discontented and simply eager to return to Queensland, even if he doesn’t have any immediate options.
The Titans are currently the frontrunners to secure Hunt’s contract. Subscribe to our newsletter for more breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports.
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