“This will just add to his confidence. Once he gets around these other 16 guys that go into camp, he’ll be a better player for it. His confidence level will just lift.”
Ahead of his selection yesterday, Hunt also spoke of his relationship with Walters, who called him into Queensland’s Origin II camp as a development player, just one week after he turned out for the Jets.
Hunt said Walters was someone who had consistently believed in him and that did a lot for his football.
“It’s been a pretty interesting month,” Hunt said.
“Kevvie’s really good for me. I really respect him and enjoyed being coached by him when he was ( at Brisbane). If he’s got something to say, I’m all ears.
“It was a huge lift ( going into camp). I was a little bit shocked going back ( to Ipswich) but he gave me a call.
“He believes in me and how I play … and it definitely gave me confidence.”
Walters defended his decision to go with Hunt over Cherry- Evans on the bench, saying Hunt had more versatility for the utility role, whereas Cherry- Evans would need to start.
He also had no doubt that Hunt would repay the faith Queensland selectors had shown in him.
“We had him as part of our last camp, regardless of where he was playing,” Walters said of Hunt’s recent demotion to reserve grade.
“He was learning what Origin is about. We feel that now the time is right for him to make that next step.
“We have every faith in him and that’s what matters more than anything else … likewise, he’ll return the faith with a really strong performance on Wednesday week.”