WAYNE Bennett has ruled out sending halfback Ben Hunt to the Dragons this season.
Bennett said he backed the NRL’s $6 million man to fire in Brisbane before heading south next year.
The Broncos coach has broken a month-long silence on Hunt in a bid to scupper speculation he fears could spiral out of control.
The NRL’s most successful coach used his annual address at Brisbane’s season launch on Friday night to deliver a public show of support for Hunt.
The former Test playmaker will join the Dragons next season on a five-year deal. Cowboys champion Johnathan Thurston has warned Hunt faces enormous public scrutiny this season, while Queensland legend Billy Moore has called for the Broncos to send him to the Dragons immediately.