It would be enough to stop Benji Marshall mid-jink.
But code hopper Karmichael Hunt insisted he was not out to convince students to follow in his historic footsteps when he visited Marshall’s old haunt – arguably the country’s best rugby league nursery, the Gold Coast’s Keebra Park High School.
However, students may be tempted anyway after Hunt’s stopover on Monday.
A super-fit Hunt now not only looks like an AFL player, he is playing like one in his second season with the Gold Coast Suns – and reckons he is only going to get better.
This time last year Hunt was the first to admit he was “cooked” – but the ex-Bronco is showing no signs of slowing down in 2012 as he prepares for the biggest fortnight in the Suns’ short history.
Just weeks after Hunt kicked a post-siren goal to give the Suns their season-opening win, the Gold Coast have a real chance of sealing back-to-back victories against Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney.
“People are talking about there being a couple of gettable games but for us we want to finish the season off well and that’s five weeks of football,” Hunt said.
“We might be able to get a couple of wins in the next few weeks but why can’t we get a few more?
“That’s the way I see it and I’m sure the coaches are thinking that way as well. We just want to keep developing, keep getting better and it starts this weekend against the Demons.”
One of four Suns to have played in all 17 games this year, Hunt – who moved from defence to the midfield in 2012 – can see more improvement on the horizon.
“I feel like I’m only getting better. I felt probably the best I’ve felt in a long time,” said Hunt, who is averaging 15 touches and three tackles a game.
“I’m definitely in better shape than I was this time last year.
“I’ve felt like I’m moving well and don’t feel like I’m holding the team back at all.”
Hunt laughed off a suggestion he should text Marshall that he was armed with a Sherrin at his former school – a sight that once seemed as unlikely as the AFL poaching an NRL player.
But Hunt may not be in such an elite group after his visit to the Wests Tigers feeder school that has also produced the likes of NRL stars Ben Te’o, Corey Norman and Robert Lui.
The damage may have already been done after Keebra Park’s year 8-9 team won their regional final in the state-wide Gold Coast SUNS Cup.
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