BEN Hunt's under-8s coach Scott Power said the skill level in the Brisbane Broncos star number seven was evident from the get-go and that he is destined for a huge career at the top.
Hunt masterminded the Broncos premiership charge in 2015, which heartbreakingly came unstuck in the grand final to the North Queensland Cowboys.
But Power said it was the work he put in as a Blackwater Crushers junior that allowed him to make the rise to the top tier of NRL playmakers.
"He just loved his football. He made the trip from Dingo every Tuesday and Thursday and never missed a run," Power said.
"At that age you can only coach the basics but even at that age you could definitely see something there.
"His father Geoff was a handy player for the Blackwater Devils and for the Capras in State League, so footy was in his blood."
Power says the abuse hurled at Hunt is a disgrace and comes from people who do not understand the game. "It was just one of those nights. He made an error but he will bounce back," he said.
"Obviously the keyboard warriors don't understand the game itself. He put the Broncos in the grand final. Had the Broncos won, you wouldn't be talking about this.
"At the end of the day, the Broncos wouldn't have made the final without him."
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