The Dragons are facing calls to secure compensation for Ben Hunt following their heavy defeat to the Sharks. After ten days of headlines surrounding Hunt’s release request, the Dragons suffered a historic 52-16 loss. Hunt’s performance in his second game since the request was lackluster, with the Dragons conceding 100 points in two matches.
Hunt expressed his frustration, stating that the team was getting worse and couldn’t continue on this path. Although the interim coach claims the team has moved on, Matty Johns believes the situation has become a distraction and encourages the Dragons to leverage Hunt’s desire for a change.
Johns points out that since joining the Dragons in 2018, they haven’t performed well, and another losing season is likely.
He believes that other clubs would be eager to have Hunt and suggests that the Dragons should negotiate a trade that benefits them.
Although the Dragons should be commended for not granting Hunt an immediate release, there is a concern that the situation may worsen throughout the year if Hunt is forced to play for a team he no longer wants to be a part of. The Dragons‘ interim coach emphasises that they have moved on and are focused on the team’s performance, not Hunt’s off-field situation.
Veteran forward Jack De Belin expresses disappointment and embarrassment over the team’s lack of resilience and tendency to blame others when things go wrong. Despite De Belin’s efforts, Hunt’s performance was ineffective, and he made a significant error that cost the team. Hunt has committed to staying with the club for the rest of the season, but it is unlikely he will see out his contract. He desires a return to Queensland and has been linked to the Titans.