Hunt thriving on the inside

By Paddy Farley

A more seasoned and experienced Liam Hunt has now solidified his position as one of Williamstown's 'go-to men' when it comes to winning the ball on the inside, causing opposition players and coaches headaches.

Hunt has realised subconsciously he has helped himself become a better player just by being able to play consistently at stage league level.

"With the years that've gone by and playing at the level, I've just become more comfortable," Hunt said this week. "Day by day, week by week I feel I'm just always developing as a player, especially with 'Plappy' as coach."

The 26-year old also loves the involvement of Club legend and current assistant coach, Saade Ghazi, whose wealth of knowledge and understanding of VFL footy is second to none.

"We respect him so much as a person because he's done so much for the footy club, (he is) such a high profile person," Hunt said. "But he also knows the game so well- for us to get his opinion is so important as he was so good at this level for so long, and he knows everything inside and out."

This season, the Seagulls midfield has broken even and conquered some very strong AFL-listed midfields and Hunt is bullish about the Gulls' midfield, believing the dynamic is a perfect fit.

"I think we have that great balance, the bigger bodies like me and Mitch Hibberd in there, then having guys like 'Marco' (Adam Marcon) and Daly (Andrews) on the outside providing that run and polish is really handy," he said.

Coming up against opponents Aspley this weekend, it is a big unknown as it is Williamstown's first venture outside of Victorian soil since the VFL restructure this season.

"We've never done it before, getting on a plane, playing at a brand new ground, it's going to feel like a bit of a holiday," Hunt said. "But we have to make sure we switch on for the time we are there and realise that we have a job to do, and that is to take home the four points."

And even being inside the VFL top four, the midfielder has ensured both he and his teammates are not getting ahead of themselves.

"With a 22-team competition, if you drop a game you could slide four or five spots down the ladder," Hunt said. "In no way are we speaking about finals, it's just a week-to-week thing and (we'll) take it from there."


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