Ambition not cramping Hunt's style

WHILE zero kicks and six handballs might not sound like a game one would be happy with, there was no wiping the smile off Karmichael Hunt’s face as he tasted victory for the first time as a Gold Coast Football Club player.

After the previous week’s much hyped debut in the forward line, where he managed to kick two goals before going off with cramp in the second half, Hunt lined up at fullback against Frankston last Saturday and played out the whole match.

Hunt said he felt a lot more at home in a defensive role, although he was a little at sea in some one-on-one situations inside 50 metres.

“I felt a lot more comfortable than I was up front,” he said. “There were a few situations where I was 50-50 on what to do.”

After cramping badly in the second half of his VFL debut, Hunt was rotated on only a few occasions and was able to pick up three of his six handballs in the last quarter. Hunt revealed his secret to combat the cramping last Saturday.

“A couple of salt tablets helped me out there,” he said.

“It was a process I picked up at the Broncos, in my first year there I used to cramp up a lot.

“My body feels really good.”

No-one is more aware of the enormity of the challenge of crossing codes than the man himself but he has an air of confidence and a hunger to learn as much as he can.

“When I made my decision I was always confident in myself to make a successful transition, but I haven’t got ahead of myself,” he said.

“I’m looking to play as many games as I can and just continue to learn and get better. There is a lot of hard work to be done and I am looking forward to sticking to the plan and turning up to training and getting better.”

When quizzed on whether he would be part of Gold Coast’s AFL debut in round one of next season, Hunt proved he had indeed not got ahead of himself.

“I don’t have a crystal ball but I am giving myself every opportunity to be there,” he said.

GCFC tackle Box Hawks in Southport on Saturday (3pm).

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