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Hunt to mark Folau, I'd like to see that

By Jim Morton 02/07/2010 04:16:10 PM Comments (0)

While Israel Folau is super keen to make his name in AFL at full-forward, you won't find fellow convert Karmichael Hunt in the attacking goal-square.

There may be a strong chance Hunt could mark his former Broncos teammate when Greater Western Sydney enter the 2012 premiership after admitted defence was much more his cup of tea.

Hunt will play his third VFL match for Gold Coast against Box Hill on Saturday, selected at full-back for the second straight week in a change of club plans.

But it suits the 23-year-old who can see his future down back.

Coach Guy McKenna originally planned to put Hunt in the midfield for his third outing at Southport's Fankhauser Reserve but wanted to have a hands-on role in his preparations for the on-ball challenge.

McKenna's trip south this week to scout the talent at the Under-18 Championships in Melbourne forced a rethink.

"Given that I wasn't around he was going to have to play midfield by osmosis and I didn't think that was fair on him so he'll stay on the back-line this week and after his (two-week break) he'll come back and play in the midfield," the coach said on Friday.

McKenna said Hunt would then choose where he felt most comfortable and be allowed to play out the VFL in that position.

The former Queensland and Test league fullback will reserve his decision until the midfield experiment but knows a place in the forward line is out after struggling in his debut three weeks ago.

"I have played up forward and down back, so at the moment the answer would have to be in defence," he wrote in his Gold Coast Bulletin column.

"I was definitely a lot more comfortable sitting behind the ball and watching the play come to me.

"It was also an experience keeping tabs on an opponent and seeing whether he was going to run me around a lot or take me to contests.

"When I was up front I was a little bit lost because it was my first game and I was struggling to put myself in a position where I could get the ball."

High-leaping Folau, currently preparing for his final State of Origin match for Queensland, will make his Australian rules debut next year for GWS in the VFL.

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