Hunt excited for VFL debut
A RELAXED Karmichael Hunt feels fresh and excited about his big AFL experiment rather than nervous and under pressure.
Hunt yesterday met with Gold Coast club officials before holding a 30-minute press conference, his first as a contracted AFL player.
He is set to make his club debut in the VFL at Craigieburn in Melbourne's outskirts on June 12 in the first of just a few matches before being put in cotton wool.
The 23-year-old former rugby league star, who has just returned to Australia following a season of rugby union in France, said he felt mentally fresh and fit and denied he was under pressure.
“I'm just taking it in my stride as I normally do,” Hunt said. “Pressure doesn't affect me at all.”
Neither do the nerves, according to the ex-Broncos, Queensland and Kangaroos fullback. “I don't know what's wrong with me, I never get nervous,” Hunt said. “Maybe the first game I'll feel the nerves.”
Hunt will participate in his first training session tomorrow morning at Carrara.
Coach Guy McKenna has planned to throw him into two or three VFL matches in a range of positions before giving him the rest of the season off following back-to-back union and league campaigns.
Hunt has already embraced McKenna's “deep-end” approach.
“I think it's the best way to learn,” he said. “I was never good learning in the classroom.
“I was always best learning on the run.
“I don't need a break right now, I feel great.”
Hunt said he would move house from Brisbane to the Gold Coast where he has signed to play for three years on a reported $3 million deal.