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Brisbane Broncos find another Hunt

By Wayne Heming 06/10/2008 07:14:57 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane's greatest No.7 Allan Langer has put his seal of approval on exciting teenage halfback Ben Hunt to be a future NRL star.

Langer was super impressed by young Hunt's bag of tricks in Brisbane's gripping 28-24 extra time loss in the U20 grand final when the former Blackwater Crushers halfback did everything possible to get his side home against Canberra.

The Toyota Cup player of the year scored a try and helped keep Brisbane in the game with his clever kicks and creative passing game.

With Hunt showcasing his skills on the weekend, Brisbane will need to move swiftly to make sure he is not snatched by another club.

Langer is set to renew his relationship with the Broncos next season as part of Ivan Henjak's coaching staff and Hunt couldn't wish for a better tutor to prepare him for NRL football.

"He's still got a bit of work to do but he's definitely got all the tools," said Langer who played a record 288 games for Brisbane, starring in four grand final wins.

"The thing is he's not scared to take players on and run the ball.

"He's got a great passing game and he has a good kicking game as well."

Apart from Langer, regarded by many as Queensland's greatest halfback, Hunt will also have former Canberra No.7 Henjak and Queensland Origin representative Green, both quality halfbacks, shaping his game.

"What's exiting and what I'm looking forward to about coming back to the Broncos is working with the young kids like Hunt and also hooker Andrew McCullough who've already formed a pretty good combination," said Langer.

"I'm looking forward to working with Peter Wallace and getting involved with him because he's also still young."

Brisbane already have a more than handy player named Hunt.

But those who've seen his younger namesake this year believe he will also make the grade.

Hunt and McCullough, along with fullback Josh Hoffman and winger Jharal Yow Yeh, were instrumental in Brisbane's U20 side winning seven games straight before Sunday's cruel loss.

Yow Yeh, related to former Balmain flash Kevin Yow Yeh, maintained his phenomenal try-scoring feats with a grand final double that lifted his tally to 27 in 26 matches.

Unfortunately, Hunt couldn't convert Yow Yeh's second try and missed two pressure field goal attempts before Canberra secondrower Jarrad Kennedy came up with the game-deciding try in extra time.

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