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Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns urges Broncos to use Karmichael Hunt amid halves dilemma

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/04/2021 Liam O'Loughlin

Karmichael Hunt hasn't played a game in the NRL since 2009.

But according to rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns, he could be just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Brisbane Broncos.

After falling to another big loss on Thursday night against South Sydney, new coach Kevin Walters looks at a complete loss as to the make-up of his halves combination moving forward.

Anthony Milford, Tom Dearden and Brodie Croft have all spent time in the halves this season, but none of them have been able to make a sustainable impact. 

Speaking on Channel Nine's post-game coverage after the Broncos-Rabbitohs clash, Johns urged the club to bring in Hunt, who is currently plying his trade in QLD Cup

"If I was coach I'd be calling Karmichael for sure," he said.

"He's a winner, he's as tough as they come. He's done it at all levels and a couple of codes, and you know he's going to compete. He'll be a great influence on the young players around training.

"There's times on the field when things are not going their way, he would just grab the young blokes and just say 'Get on the back of me'.

"He could play five-eighth, he wouldn't complicate things, you know what you're going to get."

Hunt was one of the game's best fullbacks during his NRL career, before he left league for AFL and then rugby union.

Now 34 years of age, Hunt would be a huge gamble for Walters - but sometimes, you've got to risk it to get the biscuit, as the saying goes. 

Johns also touched on Milford's recent form, with the five-eighth coming under immense scrutiny from those within the game after the Broncos' 1-4 start to their campaign. 

"At the moment it's really hard to watch," he said.

"For me personally, I know the type of player Anthony can be and what he offers. He's just so down on confidence.

"I just don't know which partner goes well with Milford.

"It's a real tough one for Kevvie."

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