Was definitely a rare teenage prodigy, the stupid money, early NRL success along with some off field indiscretions made it an easy decision to defectYour first paragraph are my thoughts exactly.
He burst onto the scene and I thought a year or so later when he was still getting better, wow, this kid could be anything.
But as time went on, teams figured him out more and he wasn’t as good. This lead to Hodgo playing the house down at fullback and displacing Hunt to the wing.
That’s not to say Hunt wasn’t a very good player with massive potential, because he was. But I just got the feeling he maybe peaked very early and left when he did because he may have thought the same himself.
Oh, and also because of the stupid money thrown at him, that probably helped too haha!