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“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.”

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