Controversial former NSW Origin captain, Paul Gallen, has shared his thoughts on Ben Hunt‘s request to leave the St George Illawarra Dragons NRL club. Gallen, who has played against Hunt in the past and played under new Dragons coach Shane Flanagan, strongly disagrees with the halfback’s decision. Speaking on Nine’s NRL Sunday Footy Show, Gallen expressed his surprise and criticised Hunt for making decisions based on the club’s past performance. He also highlighted that while Hunt has been paid a significant amount, he has not been able to lead the team to a semi-final or attract top talent.
Gallen believes that before making any hasty decisions, Hunt should meet with Flanagan to discuss the future of the club. In Gallen’s opinion, Hunt should take a deep breath and give Flanagan a chance to prove his worth as a coach.
Gallen’s endorsement of Flanagan stems from their time together at the Cronulla Sharks, where Flanagan managed to turn the team’s fortunes around, leading them from a wooden spoon season to winning the premiership in just two years. This background gives Gallen confidence that Flanagan has the ability to assemble a competitive roster.
Hunt’s desire to move to Queensland to be with his extended family has fueled speculation about his potential destination. The Titans have been heavily linked with him, but other clubs such as Canterbury are also interested in securing his services. Phil Gould, who is in charge of football operations at the Bulldogs, has confirmed having spoken with Hunt, but it seems unlikely that Canterbury will be his final choice, as Hunt’s heart seems to be set on a move to Queensland.
The ongoing speculation regarding Hunt’s future may soon come to an end after the upcoming State of Origin match, in which Hunt will be playing. Flanagan, who will soon take over as the Dragons‘ coach, is eager to keep the star playmaker at the club and has made it clear that he won’t be allowed to leave. Flanagan has already assured Hunt that he won’t be playing him at hooker, a position he holds for both Queensland and Australia. In previous interviews, Hunt has expressed his reluctance to play as a number nine in club matches.