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Webcke didn't need to resign, says Hunt

10/04/2009 12:28:41 PM Comments (0)

Star fullback Karmichael Hunt has disagreed with Broncos legend Shane Webcke's decision to quit his job as Brisbane's forwards coach.

Webcke this week controversially resigned as assistant coach, saying he believed his new tell-all book Hard Road brought undue attention and stress on the club and players involved in sexual assault allegations last year.

The former Test prop was critical of the Broncos' handling of the matter as Hunt, Sam Thaiday and Darius Boyd - who were never charged - were allowed to play on in the NRL finals series.

While an apologetic Webcke felt he needed to pay the price for inappropriately revisiting the incident, Hunt said he harboured no ill-feelings and his former teammate had no cause to resign.

"I don't think Shane Webcke needed to resign this week, but it's his call and we have to respect that," Hunt said in his column in Brisbane newspaper mX.

"He fronted the group and gave us his reasons why, saying he would be a hypocrite if he didn't step aside or didn't at least cop some punishment for causing harm to the team.

"There was definitely no pressure from the club or the players that were involved, that's for sure.

"I'm one of the three players that was involved in the whole drama and I've got no animosity whatsoever toward Shane."

The Queensland and Test fullback said Webcke, who last week initially decided to pulp the book before changing his mind the next day, remained his friend.

"I totally understand what the case was with the book, what was written and the timelines," he said.

"Webby is still my mate and I spoke to him when everything came out in the papers.

"I think it's all been blown out of proportion and a case of bad timing made the whole event explode into what it is."

Hunt's immediate future at the Broncos looks bleak beyond this season with the off-contract 22-year-old seriously considering a break from the NRL to play rugby union in France or Japan.

Brisbane last month withdrew a three-year $1.25 million contract offer and doubt they can match the money Hunt is seeking.

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