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Jordan has advice for Gold Coast on Hunt

By Darren Cartwright 17/06/2010 04:10:17 PM Comments (0)

The man credited with teaching Brownlow medallist Jim Stynes to play Australian rules football says Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna has a couple of options to fast-track Karmichael Hunt's AFL career.

Ray Jordan, a master coach of under 19 and reserve grade footballers during the VFL era, said McKenna could play Hunt on a wing or assign him an on-ground mentor during intra-club games to accelerate his education.

Jordan not only had success with Stynes, who won the Brownlow medal in 1991, but also Sean Wight, who was the trailblazer for Gaelic footballers and played 150 matches with Melbourne (1985-95) and is a member of the Demons' Hall of Fame.

Playing Hunt on the wing nearest the players' dug-out would allow the runner to deliver fast and effective instructions.

"When we got the Irishmen we were laughed at," Jordan told AAP.

"People said `fancy going to Ireland', but everyone forgets that if Sean Wight wasn't successful there would have been no Jimmy Stynes.

"We played him (Sean) on the wing because it was easier for the runner go out and give instructions.

"We got permission off the umpire and allowed (ruckman Peter Keenan) to run with Jimmy in a game and he would say `come back here' or `this guy can kick a long away, so get further back and when the umpire waved the flag, run back to the centre and don't walk and take your eye off the ball'.

"All that type of stuff was how we educated them on reading the game."

Jordan said advancements in technology had made educating players a lot easier, but understanding the game was different to teaching skills and learning the rules.

He said Hunt may just need a personal coach to work on all aspects, from kicking to tactics although the former Bronco was largely responsible for his own destiny.

"Just talk to him and be his own personal coach as the teaching of the game comes during the game," Jordon said.

"The main thing with Karmichael Hunt is that he is going to have to work his arse off or work his legs off.

"Stan Alves used to run around with Sean and show him how to do circle work, that's how simple it was then. It's a bit more complicated today."

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