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Karmichael Hunt’s career in ‘limbo’ as he ponders rugby league return

Karmichael Hunt has revealed his career is in “limbo” as he ponders a return to rugby league.

Hunt, 34, is officially off-contract after the Waratahs elected not to offer the dual-code star a new deal.

Having moved back to Brisbane with his family and a fourth child due in early January, Hunt said he’s open to all offers as he weighs up moves overseas or even a return to rugby league.

“It’s kind of a period of limbo,” Hunt told The Daily Telegraph.

“Uncertain with what’s going to happen next year.

“I understand that my manager is obviously still doing his job, looking for some openings at clubs overseas, trying to field some offers at the clubs in Australia, not just rugby circles, but back in rugby league as well.”

Hunt last played in the NRL in 2009 when he was with the Broncos. He played 126 games for the club and was part of Brisbane’s premiership-winning squad in 2006.

The former Broncos fullback famously switched codes to the AFL when he signed a monster deal worth upwards of $3 million to play for the Suns in 2011.

Departing the AFL at the end of the 2014 season, Hunt has now spent the last five years in rugby union, starting with the Queensland Reds before joining the Waratahs in 2019. He also played 6 games for the Wallabies.

Hunt even admitted retirement could be an option if he’s unable to land a “worthwhile” deal.

“If it turns out I can’t play professionally, or no worthwhile offer comes to play professionally, I’m going to have to seriously start thinking about pushing into the next phase of my life, and that’s coaching and my studies,” he added.

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