Ben Hunt isn’t getting caught up in speculation regarding Lockyer’s replacement.
Ben Hunt isn’t getting caught up in speculation regarding Lockyer’s replacement. Warren Keir (SMP Images)

Hunt chills as rumours hot up

ALL Ben Hunt wants for Christmas is a starting position with the Brisbane Broncos.

With speculation mounting on who is to fill the Broncos five-eighth position in the wake of club legend Darren Lockyer, Hunt is putting aside rumours and is planning to spend his Christmas break relaxing.

The 21-year-old will be spending Christmas in Yeppoon with the goal to do as little as possible.

"I will try and have a relaxing time," Hunt said.

"I'll probably hang out with mum and dad and spend a bit of time at the beach."

Heading into the New Year, Hunt said he was working towards having a permanent spot on the starting team.

"I've put my head down and tail up, there's plenty of sweat and hard work," he said.

"I'm just doing my best at training and I'll see where it takes me.

"There is a lot of strong competition from other players like Pete Wallace, Corey Norman and Luke Capewell, but I have learnt that if I'm working hard enough my chance will come."

With the three Broncos trial games in February said to be the determining factor as to who will wear the revered number six jersey, Hunt said he wasn't feeling the pressure to perform.

"I see it as my opportunity to be a regular NRL player in either the five-eighth or halfback positions. I don't see it as filling Locky's shoes," he said.

"If I'm playing regularly at NRL level I'm happy."

The former Central Highlands schoolboy spent the off-season relaxing and getting away from football, coming back to Dingo to work with his dad.

"Dad tried his best to wear me out but I handled what he dished up pretty comfortably. He might be getting a bit old," he said with a laugh.

One thing that has Hunt happy is starting the new season injury and niggle-free, ironing out any issues in training.

"I've been getting my mind and body right to hopefully play another full season at NRL level," he said.

The Broncos will open their 2012 season against Parramatta on March 1.

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